Recruitment, Training & Workforce Development Funding

There are a number of schemes and incentives that can help support towards the cost of recruitment, training, and continuing professional development of your current team.

Edinburgh's Employer Recruitment Incentives (EERI)

Employers from all sectors are eligible for EERI and there is no restriction on the size of employer. You could receive up to £8,000 towards the cost of employing someone within a newly created job or apprenticeship.

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Data Skills Credits for Employers

Data Skills Credits (DSC) are funding of between £500 and £5,000 towards the cost of data related training for organisations with workforce in South East Scotland. You can apply for up to £500 per employee, for a maximum of 10 employees.

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Innovation Vouchers

An opportunity for organisations to secure funding up to £5,000 to help introduce a new business element or streamline internal processes such as workforce development.

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Modern Apprenticeships

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) contributes to the costs of training and assessing Modern Apprentices. In most cases, they pay the learning provider you choose to deliver the apprenticeship. The level of contribution depends on the age of the apprenticeship, qualification level and sector.

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Graduate Apprenticeships

Graduate Apprentice learning costs are now funded by the Scottish Funding Council(this will open in a new window) and Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS)(this will open in a new window). Funding covers the full duration of the programme. Graduate Apprentices apply directly to SAAS for funding.

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Work Experience Placements

The JET Academy work placement programme is coordinated by the Developing the Young Workforce Team within the City of Edinburgh Council and supports young people who attend local high schools to access extended work placement opportunities.

Work experience is an opportunity to introduce young people to the reality of working life within a willing organisation, to help them secure and sustain employment. By taking students on work experience, you get an opportunity to engage, inspire and inform young people about what working life is really like.

There are two programmes which form the JET Academy

· JET Regular – for S4 summer leavers who undertake a placement every Friday from September to May

· JET+ - for S5 Christmas leavers who undertake a full-time employability programme including placement several days per week from September to December

· They also support schools to access flexible placements throughout the year

If you would like to find out more about offering a work placement contact

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