More than 100 young people in Moray are laying the ground work for their future careers through a youth employment scheme.
The programme, administered by Moray Council and financed by the Scottish Government and the European Social Fund, offers eligible businesses a grant equivalent to 50% of each young person’s wages – based on minimum wage rate – for a six month period to help get young people into employment.
The scheme launched in June 2013, and was originally set up to run for 12 months, with the aim of supporting 61 young people between 16 and 25 find work with small employers across Moray.
However, due to the huge interest – and additional funding – the programme will continue, and now also supports those aged up to 29 looking to get into work.
Of the 103 people currently taking part in the programme, 42 have been taken on as apprentices, 44 are under the age of 18 and 20 are female.
Businesses interested in finding out more should visit www.employabilityinscotland.com/policy-and-partnership/youth-employment/youth-employment-scotland-fund or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org