Inspire the future workforce and reduce unemployment.

For a business of any size and from any sector, this is an opportunity to make a real difference and inspire the workforce of the future. By joining our mission to reduce unemployment amongst young people, you are securing a better future for your business and for the people that live in your area.

How can you get involved?

Employers hold the key to reducing unemployment amongst young people in Scotland and we have three robust programmes that you could get involved in. If you are keen to find out more, please use our contact us form and a member of our team will get back in touch with you.

Employer Sponsored Jobs

An employer sponsored job provides a platform for a young person to gain valuable work experience, earn a wage and be mentored; setting them up for success in the future.

We ask you to create a 90 day paid job that is suitable for a young person. Ideally it should involve some level of responsibility and learning and should be paid at least the national minimum wage, however we would encourage you to consider paying the living wage if this is possible.  

We promote your opportunity to our hand picked candidates and will select the best candidates to put forward for you to meet.

We provide support to you and the candidate throughout the 90 days and will help you to mentor them. At the end of the contract, we ask you to provide a reference and our team will support the young person to move into permanent work. 

The Hand Picked Academy

This is a short employability course delivered to a group of approximately 12 young job seekers in partnership with an employer. 

We deliver a range of workshops throughout the course centred around marketing and selling yourself to an employer and have a clear focus on upskilling the candidates to make them more competitive and successful in the open jobs market.

The course is traditionally held on an employers site, however the programme has been adapted to make delivery online possible. 

Hand Picked for Schools

Our school programme is the first of its kind. Using our highly successful Hand Picked Academy workshops, we have created a school version to help better prepare young people for the world of work. 

Delivered to an entire year group by a network of employers, the school programme provides an equitable chance for pupils to gain access to and learn from employers about industries, recruitment processes and more importantly learn how to make their applications stand out from the crowd.

We provide full training to all employers and work closely with each school to ensure their pupils get maximum benefit from the programme. 

If your school delivers the SQA employability award, this programme can be used to generate some of the necessary evidence required.