Community Jobs Scotland

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Cash is available which will allow charities to recruit unemployed young people aged 16 to 29 and create new jobs.  Community Jobs Scotland (CJS), the leading third sector jobs creation programme, is inviting charities to register to receive funding to create positions within their organisation.

Now into its seventh year, the CJS programme is run by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) and supported by the Scottish Government. It has created more than 7,600 jobs in charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises across the length and breadth of Scotland.

This current programme aims to create 700 funded opportunities for unemployed young people aged 16 to 29 during 2017/18.

The jobs can be placed in any part of Scotland’s third sector and organisers are keen to engage charities working in sports, leisure, arts and culture, as well as housing associations and community development trusts.

Examples of third sector organisations eligible to apply include:-

  • Voluntary organisations
  • Charities
  • Social Enterprises
  • Community organisations
  • Volunteering bodies
  • Co-operatives
  • Trade Unions
  • Mutuals
  • Housing Associations
  • Credit Unions
  • Community Interest Companies (CICs) – if no profit distribution
  • Charitable trusts (if the trust was set up by a local authority, the trust must be fully independent from the local authority
  • Community Enterprise Trusts

The jobs enable charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises to increase capacity, while giving a potentially life-changing opportunity to people who are most disadvantaged in the labour market, including the disabled, care experienced young people, carers, armed forces early service leavers and young people with convictions.

There is a two stage application process for employers.  For details on how to apply go to

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