CREATING OPPORTUNITIES – JOB CREATION WITH THE THIRD SECTORLEARNING FROM COMMUNITY JOBS SCOTLAND Alex McTier 18th September 2013
BACKGROUND • CJS is Scottish Government funded programme with two aims: • Employability programme targeted at young unemployed • Programme to support development of third sector organisations • Key features: • Jobs created in third sector organisations • As a minimum, jobs are 6 months, 25 hours/week and NMW • Targeted at 16-24 year olds • Training and employability support provided • Scope of evaluation: • 2011-12 programme • Consultations with young people (employees), employers, key partners and analysis of monitoring data
CJS NUMBERS AND OUTCOMES • 1,843 people employed in 2011-12 programme • By age: • 4% 16-17 year olds • 83% 18-24 year olds • 13% 25+ year olds • Broadly representative gender and local authority distribution • Outcomes (of 845 employees completed or left at time of evaluation) • Overall job entry rate of 40% (more recent data states 48%) but some variations by age: • 32% for 16-19 year olds • 40% for 18-24 year olds • 45% for 25 years+
VALUE THAT THIRD SECTOR ORGANISATIONS BRING • Create diverse range of jobs – which helps young people to: • Learn new skills • Widen job/career aspirations • Feel that making contribution to local community • Provide supportive working environment • Organisational values mean committed to social and community issues • Staff willing to help young people develop • Support often continues after end of CJS job • Connected within local area – which means aware of: • Local training opportunities for young people • Local employment or volunteering opportunities to progress on to • Third sector located across Scotland – so able to create local jobs
BENEFITS FOR THIRD SECTOR ORGANISATIONS • Young people often become valuable members of the team: • Bring new ideas and energy to organisation • Bring new skills (e.g. IT and social media) to organisation • Can free up management to focus on more strategic issues • Other benefits for organisations include: • Opportunity to trial new project or service • Opportunity for existing members of staff to mentor or supervise employees • Shows that organisation can ‘walk the walk’ by taking on young unemployed people themselves
CHALLENGES OF THIRD SECTOR APPROACHES • Many third sector organisations very small in size – particular issue in rural areas • How can we best ensure that third sector organisations have the capacity to support young unemployed people? • Training and employability support to be provided alongside CJS jobs • But how best to deliver this across c.500 different third sector organisations? • At a time of squeezed budgets and the impacts on third sector employment • How can we best ensure that young people have progression opportunities within the sector? • Finally, what do private sector employers think of ‘6 month temporary jobs in third sector organisations’? • How can we ensure that CJS jobs enhance the employability of young unemployed people?