Cash incentives to hire young at risk of unemployment in Moray

Cash incentives to hire young at risk of unemployment in Moray

EMPLOYERS are being encouraged to take advantage of an initiative which will help provide employment to over 40 young people.

The Moray Employer Recruitment Incentive (MERI) is for all ages, however the local employability partnership have recently received a £300,000 funding boost from the Scottish Government under the Young Person’s Guarantee. This funding is to encourage employers to recruit young people aged 16 – 24 who have had their opportunities disrupted by the covid-19 pandemic. This funding would support over 40 young people on their pathway to sustainable and fair work.

The MERI offers up to £8000 for employers who can offer a supported job placement for up to 25 hours a week for 12 months.

The initiative also comes with the added benefit of the young person and employer being assigned a key worker to provide in-work support to both young person and employer.

Amy Cruickshank, opportunities for all officer with Moray Council, co-ordinator of Moray Pathways said: “This is a great opportunity for businesses in Moray to take on a new member of staff with funding and practical support from Moray Pathways.

“Businesses and employees who are successful will be provided with keyworker support for the trainee and employer to review progress and support with any training or development opportunities. We have a funding pot of £300K so we can help support around 40 young people gain access to employment.”

Sarah Baxter, programme manager for Developing the Young Workforce in Moray, key partner in Moray Pathways said: “It is great that we can support businesses financially to help us support young people into the world of work especially considering the significant economic challenges many businesses are facing right now. This is a fantastic opportunity to help a young person gain new skills and experiences and we would recommend Moray businesses to seriously consider getting involved.”

MERI is open to young people aged 16-24 years who are unemployed or at risk of unemployment such as school leavers. All public, private and third sector employers are eligible to apply for MERI and they can have a maximum of two trainees per annum.

For more information please email moraypathways@moray.gov.uk or call 07929784910

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