Recruiting a young person is a long-term investment that allows you to recruit a workforce that is suited to the needs of your business. Young people are adaptable and can bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to your organisation which can help ensure your business practices remain up-to-date and relevant.

There are several funding options available to support your recruitment of a young person:

Scottish Employer Recruitment Incentive (SERI)

Up to £4000 for eligible businesses that commit to a new job for an unemployed young person.

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SERI is a grant for employers who offer employment opportunities - including an apprenticeship - to unemployed young people. The funding is designed to offset the costs of recruiting and supporting a young person in employment.

This phase of the programme will be available until January 2019.

Click here to download a pack with more information and eligibility criteria.

Glasgow Guarantee

For Glasgow businesses with fewer than 250 employees who are looking to grow their business through the recruitment of young people.

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Glasgow Guarantee is an initiative delivered by Glasgow City Council to provide employment opportunities and support local businesses to grow thereby increasing the prosperity of the Glasgow City economy.

Glasgow Guarantee can offer your business :

  • Help with the wage costs of recruiting a young person (16-19 category above) together with financial assistance towards the training element
  • Help to recruit workless adults (20+ category above)
  • Help to advertise and recruit a suitable candidate to meet your business needs from a wide pool of candidates registered with Glasgow Guarantee

For more information and to register your interest, click here.

Santander Universities SME Internship Programme

Up to £1500 for eligible employers to recruit a graduate intern for 1-10 weeks.

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The programme gives students access to the industries and organisations that they want experience in and there’s also a possibility of extending the internship, or moving to a permanent contract depending on the needs of the SME.

The interns are paid £300 per week for placements between 2 and 10 weeks. Half of this is paid by the SME and half by Santander. For placements that are 2 weeks or less, Santander will cover the cost.

For students it’s a great opportunity to gain vital work experience and for the SME, it’s a chance to work with talented young professionals. For businesses, it's an excellent opportunity to recruit new talent and skills.

All industries are welcomed, as long as your business meets the following criteria:

  • An annual turnover of under £50million and under 250 employees.
  • Your business is registered and based in the UK.
  • A maximum of two internships per scheme year for each participating business.

If you believe your business could benefit from a Santander Universities SME Internship Programme, please e-mail with a brief description of your company, where your business is located and which partner university you would like to work with.

Robertson Trust Graduate Intern Programme

Financial support for employers to host a two-month summer internship for a graduate.

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The Robertson Trust provides bursary and self-development support to young people from Scotland during their time at university. In addition to this, the Trust assists young people with their preparation for work and provides recent graduates with paid-for work experience.

The Robertson Trust set up an Internship Programme to be offered to current third-year scholars to help enhance their CV. The internship will take place for two months during the summer and each Intern will be paid £910 per month by The Robertson Trust.

Benefits of hiring an intern include:

  • Interns can assist with special events and/or short-term projects.
  • Interns may offer new ideas and innovative approaches.
  • Interns are typically self-motivated.
  • Mentoring an intern provides your staff member with an opportunity to develop supervisory skills.
  • An intern can be evaluated and trained for possible future employment.
  • Providing internships can be a cost-effective solution for short-term projects.

Candidates are drawn from 19 universities across Scotland to support eligible graduates. Students are hand-picked for suitability.

For more information on the Internship Programme and ideas on how to make the best use of an internship, click here to download the Employer Information Pack.

For further information on available support through your recruitment of a young person, contact