A scheme to provide opportunities for young people that are unemployed in Dumfries & Galloway.
Participants must be paid a sum of not less than the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for a minimum of 25 hours per week and a maximum of 40 hours per week.
Dumfries & Galloway Young Persons Wage Incentive Programme is provided by Dumfries & Galloway Council.
This scheme aims to provide opportunities for young people that are unemployed.
Although there are no specific exclusion cited, those wishing to apply are advised to liaise with the funder in the first instance to discuss eligibility.
Assistance is available to unemployed people aged 16-24 (inclusive) who are not on the Work Programme.
Job opportunities must be with a SME; third sector, voluntary sector or charitable organisation and should enhance the longer term job prospects for participants through concrete job experience; provide support to eligible individuals to move to sustainable employment.
Funding for the scheme is for a maximum of 26 weeks per eligible individual aged 16-24 years old. To claim an eligible week for an eligible individual, the individual must have worked (or if absent be covered by the employer’s sickness absence/leave policies) a minimum of 25 hours in that week. The total number of eligible weeks paid for any eligible individual aged 16-25 years old will not exceed 26 weeks.
Audit and Compliance - Monthly Requirement
The following should be retained for audit and verification purposes:
- Copies of the employer’s payroll records ie copies of all payslips provided and payroll records detailing the employer’s contributions and payment methods.
- Copies of the employer’s BACS and bank statements showing defrayment of employee salary costs.
- Copies of the employer’s invoice/proforma requesting payment of 50% of salary costs for each employee.
Participant Requirements - One Off Requirement
Each employee should be issued a Letter / Contract containing the following information:
- The name and address of the employee.
- Job Title and Employment start date.
- Job Description.
- Details of the wage rates being applied,
- Details of the proposed number of hours worked per week.
- Details of the number of weeks that the wage subsidy will apply.
- Details of the employee’s holiday entitlement.
- Details of the employee’s sickness entitlement.
- Funding End Date.
- The method and frequency of payments (ie weekly via BACs).
- Publicity – a statement should be included advising the employee of the involvement of European and Scottish Government funding- example- This position is being part funded with support from both Scottish and European Governments.
- Declaration section – the employee must sign and return a copy of the declaration. In addition, the signed declaration should be counter-signed by the Local Authority to confirm the eligibility of both the company and employee.
As a minimum all letters/contracts must carry the correct logos and should also acknowledge the Scottish Government and European involvement in writing. Further guidance is available from the Scottish Government European Structural Funds website.
Where individuals leave their employment within 26-weeks Scottish Ministers reserve the right to investigate the causes and pay grant for all cost elements only up to the last date of the individual’s employment.
Up to 50% of salary costs are available for each individual employee.
At any time.
Link to guidelines:
If applicants would like further information about this scheme, or any of the other recruitment schemes that are currently live throughout D&G they should contact an Employer Engagement Officer at the address provided.