The Stirling and Clackmannanshire Fair Work Incentive was developed alongside Clackmannanshire Works, Clackmannanshire Council’s employability service.
The Fair Work Incentive is an employer recruitment incentive of up to £2,000. It aims to support both Councils' commitment to help unemployed individuals negotiate the greatest barriers to work and gain sustainable employment (including Modern Apprenticeships).
The Fair Work Incentive is available to use as a contribution to the additional costs of recruiting and sustaining an eligible recruit during their first 52 weeks of employment.
Eligible recruits are those individuals who meet the following criteria:
- Have the right to live and work in the UK; and
- Are currently not engaged in employment, training or education; and
- Aged between 16 and 67 who are experiencing at least one barrier to employment (e.g. low skills, limited work experience, etc)
Only small to medium sized companies or organisations from the private and third sectors with up to 250 employees are eligible to access the Fair Work Incentive. Public sector employers are not eligible to apply.
The Incentive is funded as part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to employability support through the No One Left Behind funding stream.
Convenor of the Finance and Economy Committee, Councillor Margaret Brisley, said, “It is a Council priority to deliver inclusive economic growth and promote prosperity and local employers play a crucial role in supporting some of the most vulnerable citizens back in to work.
“The new Fair Work Incentive is an exciting development as it now provides additional opportunity for all age employment support and this will be delivered as an integral part of existing employability programmes delivered by the Learning and Employability Team.”
Vice Convenor Councillor Alison Laurie said, “Over the last couple of years Stirling Council’s own Employment Incentive together with funding from the Scottish Government Employer Recruitment Incentive has supported 88 young people in to work.
“I am delighted that we, along with our partners in Clackmannanshire, have decided to use some of the Scottish Government’s No-One Left Behind Employability Funding stream to support the most disadvantaged local people to progress towards employment.”
Given the previous success of this type of support for employers, demand for the new fund is already high. Limited places remain but to find out more details of the fund, please contact the Learning and Employability Team on 01786 237517 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.