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Supporting Scotland's vibrant voluntary sector

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

10 years of

Community Jobs Scotland

CJS has supported those furthest from the job market and helped to transform lives.

Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) has delivered 10,376 jobs to young people.

We're celebrating 10 years of Community Jobs Scotland

Jobs, skills and support

10,367 jobs delivered in the supportive environment of the voluntary sector

Benefits for employees included:

  • Increased confidence
  • Securing long-term employment
  • Developing new skills
  • Improved employability skills
  • Progression from economic inactivity

Successful placements

84% of employers reported that all or most placements were successful

Benefits for employers included:

  • Organisation growing in capacity
  • Gaining new perspectives
  • Increasing staff in the voluntary sector
  • Ability to offer new or additional services
  • Introduction of new skills

Support for employment

93% of employers agreed that the CJS support team brought value to employees and employers

The CJS programme was underpinned by a number of important principles including:

  • Targeting young, unemployed people
  • Jobs across all Scottish local authorities
  • Jobs in the voluntary sector
  • Jobs offering community benefit
  • Jobs lasting at least 6 months and paying at least national minimum wage
  • Focus on job sustainability

Read our evaluation report

Community Jobs Scotland Evaluation Report front cover with text: "community Jobs Scotland Evaluation Report. Quick links > Foreword > Summary of the key findings > What can be done better > Impact of Community Jobs Scotland > Conclusion > Background > Contact. Image of young person working in a garden

Read our evaluation of the success of the programme and the impact it's had on the working lives of more than 10,000 young people in our full Community Jobs Scotland Evaluation Report.

Community Jobs Scotland Evaluation Report (PDF with graphics)

Community Jobs Scotland Evaluation Report (Word document)

Watch Community Jobs Scotland success stories

There are thousands of Community Jobs Scotland Success stories. Watch this video to hear from just a few of the young people whose lives have been positively impacted by taking part in the programme.