Helping people into work

A number of sources of support are available to help people into work - whether its for young people looking to go into a job or further education, employers looking to set up job placements, or supporting the long-term unemployed to access skills, training and jobs

Employability team

The Employability Team supports the long term unemployed, and helps people to access skills, training, opportunities and jobs.

Find out more about the Employability team and what they can do for you here >

Young Person's Guarantee

The Young Person’s Guarantee is a commitment to Scotland’s young people.

Every eligible young person aged between 16 and 24 in Scotland will have the opportunity to access support to help them into work, based on their own personal circumstances and ambitions. Support will be particularly focussed on those young people who most need it.

The aim of this Scottish Government Funded funding is to deliver fairer and more inclusive communities where every young person has an opportunity to reach their potential.

Argyll and Bute Council are currently offering Employer Recruitment Incentives (ERIs) of up to £6,000 per participant.  This allows unemployed young people the opportunity to move into permanent or a fixed term employment contracts of up to 18 months or more.

Information for Young people

Information for Employers

In addition to ERIs Argyll and Bute Third Sector Interface are offering Formal Volunteering Placements which lead to a Saltire award.  Please visit. for more information.

To find out more and register your interest on any of the opportunities, please contact the Employability Team on 01586 555990, email or visit

UK Government’s Kick Start Scheme (16-24 year olds)

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new, six month job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers:

Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until 31/03/2022.  The last date DWP will be accepting application is 17/12/2021.

Should employers not wish to apply direct to DWP the council is just one of three organisations classed as Kickstart Gateways and can help smaller businesses apply under the scheme.

We can provide:

  • Access to enthusiastic new recruits
  • Flexible and hassle free recruitment
  • Wraparound Employability Support

Gateway organisations for Argyll and Bute include:

  • Argyll and Bute Council;
  • InspirAlba – with a focus on social enterprises; and
  • The Adecco Group - commissioned by the Federation of Small Businesses at a national level.

Further Information

Contact our Employability Team on 01586 555990 or email

Find out more about the Kick Start Scheme on the website