Employer support

Young Person Guarantee Scheme

The Young Person Guarantee is a Scottish Government scheme providing funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for 16 to 24 year olds.  Care experienced young people can be supported through this funding up to 29 years old.

Funding covers 100% of wages between the National Minimum Wage or Real Living Wage for 25 hours a week and employer National Insurance and minimum automatic enrolment pension contributions for 6 months. Our Employability team can also provide support for the young person to develop their skills and experience during and after the placement.

Rules of the Roles

The job roles shouldn't require people to undertake extensive training before they begin and they must be new jobs, not replacing an existing job or planned vacancy, or cause an existing employee or contractor to lose or reduce their employment.  Young people entitled to support through this fund are those who are:

  • Unemployed (excluding those in full time education);
  • About to leave school without a positive destination;
  • School leavers without a positive destination;
  • In low paid employment;
  • At risk of redundancy;
  • At risk of losing an apprenticeship;
  • Leaving training, volunteering, college or university without a positive destination;
  • Low-skilled;
  • Without qualifications at SCQF 5 or above; or
  • Underemployed.

Register your interest in providing a placement

To register your interest, please complete our expression of interest form and we will be in touch to discuss your application. Completing this form does not mean you must provide the placement, it is just the start of the process as we consider your application.

If you would like more information, please contact us on 01595 744 490 or email youthservices@shetland.gov.uk