Graeme Dey, the MSP for Angus South, is encouraging charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises in his constituency to take advantage of a popular jobs scheme.
Third sector employers across Scotland can now sign-up to Community Jobs Scotland (CJS), which is helping create 1000 temporary posts for young people.
The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) is spearheading the initiative, in partnership with the Scottish Government, and say employers who take part will receive up to £5,250 per vacancy for each post lasting a minimum of 39 weeks for 16-17 year olds or at least 26 weeks for 18-24 year olds.
A Training Fund of £200 per CJS employee will also be made available to assist with additional training costs.
The SNP member welcomes the initiative and said: “This scheme provides invaluable work experience for young people as well as major benefits for third sector employers who can increase the capacity of their organisation at a time of growing demand for support services.
“It’s a win win situation and something I fully support.
“For those who have left secondary education it can be extremely difficult to get on the first rung of the employment ladder. But the SCVO and Scottish Government are committed to providing support and this initiative plays a significant role in working towards that goal. I would hope that third sector employers in my constituency will recognise this opportunity and apply to the CJS leading to more young people getting the chance to gain vital work experience.”
The employment opportunities will be available from next month until March 2014.
Only third sector organisations will be able to provide vacancies, this includes charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises.
Organisations wanting to join the scheme can do so by lodging an Expression of Interest From.
The deadline for this falls on Tuesday, April 30 at 12 noon.
For further information call the CJS on 0141 559 5006.