Moray Council will hire 15 young people who are at risk of long-term unemployment from the Covid-19 pandemic to boost their career prospects.
The UK Government-backed Kickstart scheme is part of efforts to support the region’s economic recovery.
Analysis done by the council has shown that young people in the area are disproportionately affected during recessions – increasing the possibility of them moving from Moray to find work.
The six-month posts will be filled over the next 18 months with funding also available for mentoring, CV development and interview classes.
Graham Leadbitter, chairman of Moray Economic Partnership, explained it was important to retain talent in the region.
He said: “We need to seize every opportunity to support our young people and encourage them to remain in Moray.
“We hope that by offering meaningful job opportunities paying the living wage, a significant employer like the council will show the scope of careers available on their doorstep.”