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Employer Recruitment Incentives can subsidise the cost of wages whilst giving your business the financial space to train, develop and support young people seeking to access their first job or support adult returners to the labour market.

Pathways to Employment Wage Incentive

The Pathways incentive is aimed at assisting individuals facing barriers to employment.

  • Eligibility applies to both employer and employee
  • Jobs must be sustainable posts between 25 - 40 hours per week
  • Up to 50% of employment costs can be paid for up to 26 weeks for eligible recruits
  • This funding is provided through the European Social Fund for clients with multiple barriers to employment

Workplace Equality Fund

VAF is pleased to announce that the 2nd round of the Workplace Equality Fund will be open for applications from Monday 2nd July 2018. The fund aims to identify and promote practice that works in reducing employment inequalities, discrimination and barriers in the workplace.

Scottish businesses are being urged to apply to the Fund, along with third sector organisations. Eligible organisations can apply for up to £50,000 to carry out activities over an 8-month period that will help to improve diversity in the workplace.

The funding will support employers in reducing employment inequalities, discrimination and barriers particularly across the arts, culture, leisure, tourism, finance, manufacturing, construction, agriculture and fishing, transport and communication and STEM sectors.

There are many economic benefits to having a diverse workforce. Organisations are better placed to understand the needs of a wide range of customers if their workforce represents the population. A diverse workforce will also help to encourage creativity and foster innovation. Organisations won’t grow if everyone employed there thinks and behaves the same way. Of course, a positive reputation will make companies more attractive to job seekers and customers.

VAF have successfully funded nine projects in the first round. The funding will be used to:

  • provide leadership training and support to women in the financial and technology industry
  • support family friendly working practices in several private organisations
  • improve mental health understanding and support across several industry sectors
  • assist women to return to professional roles in the finance sector
  • improve diversity and inclusion in construction
  • improve intergenerational working in the construction and STEM sectors.

The outcomes for the Workplace Equality Fund are:

  • Employment opportunities and progression in the workplace are improved for participant groups and consideration is given to how this can be embedded into the workplace to ensure lasting change.
  • Knowledge, skills, policies and practices are improved in order to address employment equalities, discrimination and barriers/ challenges within the workplace
  • A more inclusive working environment is created through employees and employers working in partnership

Projects should be focussing on one or more of the following participant groups

  • minority ethnic people
  • women
  • disabled people
  • older workers (those aged over 50) 

Applications should be submitted using the online application form, which will be available from Monday 2nd July 2018.

VAF are keen to ensure that potential applicants have a clear understanding of what type of activity can be funded. We would like to encourage organisations to get in touch with the Workplace Equality Team at VAF to talk through their project idea prior to application, if they are unsure. VAF staff can advise whether the proposed projects will meet the fund criteria, but will not be able to guide you on how best to present your project idea in the application.