Get East Dunbartonshire Working

Get East Dunbartonshire Working was the 2012 campaign launched by Jo Swinson MP for East Dunbartonshire to find 100 local job or training opportunities in 100 days.

The hugely successful campaign came to an end having created a total of 109 job and training opportunities .  Recent figures from the Kirkintilloch Job Centre show the scheme created 77 jobs, 9 apprenticeships and 23 work experience placements. 

Commenting Jo said:

“This has been a fantastic campaign and I am delighted that so many businesses got involved to give local people a chance to get into work, especially young people.

“There has been real enthusiasm from companies across East Dunbartonshire and this is just the start.

“I will continue to work with local companies to make sure they understand the support that is available from government to create job opportunities.

“As part of the initiative, I have taken on an apprentice in my office in Bearsden. Kieran will gain a SVQ Level 3 in Business Administration during his time with us.

“I’m currently planning two events for local businesses, one on trade and investment and one on business lending, to make sure companies know what support is available to boost growth and help create jobs and apprenticeships.”

Jo will continue to work on initiatives such as the successful Get East Dunbartonshire Working campaign that secured 109 job and training opportunities in East Dunbartonshire.

Breakdown of opportunities is as follows:

77 jobs – As a result of ongoing follow up carried out for each Work Experience participant over a 13 week period following completion of their placement this number may continue to rise.

9 Apprenticeships

23 work experience placements



The scheme launched on 27 April 2012 at an event where Jo was joined by local businesses leaders, training providers, and representatives from Skills Development Scotland and the local job centre to promote the challenge and help provide more jobs in the area.

Little Gems in Milngavie, Westerton Care Home, and Eagle Lodge were some of the businesses that pledged to take part in the challenge on the spot.

Commenting Jo said:

“I launched this challenge calling on businesses across East Dunbartonshire to support local people who are unemployed and provide training opportunities to get people back into work.”

“These types of opportunities can make a huge difference in someone’s life. It can also be a great catalyst for business growth, tapping into new talent and potential. With the government programmes available it makes good business sense for companies to get involved.”

“The Get East Dunbartonshire Working Challenge is good for local businesses, good for those out of work and good for our community.”



Construction Skills

We believe that developing the skills of workers in the construction industry is crucial to the health of the UK economy – that’s why we are workingwith employers to make sure our industry has the right skills in the right place, at the right time.

We work with construction companies to help them improve skills, increase their competitive edge and respond to the many challenges employers face – from the low carbon agenda, through to reducing costs on-site and recruiting the best and brightest talent for their sector.

Construction skills place apprentices with North Glasgow College, Reid Kerr College and Highway Maintenance Apprentices at National Construction College Scotland (NCCS).


4 Fountain Avenue

Inchinnan Business Park



Tel: 07771 657518 II Email: II Web:

Cumbernauld College: Princes Trust and Get Ready For Work provision at Kirkintilloch

Cumbernauld College successfully offer two training schemes to young people:

Team Programme - a 12-week personal development course, offering work experience, qualifications, practical skills, community projects and a residential week. Through building their confidence and motivation, team members are encouraged to think about their futures. This includes preparing a post-programme development plan. During the 12 weeks they:

  • Spend a week away at a residential activity centre
  • Undertake a project based in their local community
  • Complete a work placement
  • Participate in a team challenge, involving caring for others
  • Stage a team presentation, during which they recount their experiences


Get Ready for Work (GRfW) is a skills training and work placement scheme for people aged 16 to 19 who are finding it difficult to access training, learning and employment. A training allowance is provided, along with all the support necessary for GRfW participants to prepare for the world of work.

Get Ready for Work supports young people to develop a CV, the skills to complete application forms and gives them interview techniques as well as growing their self-confidence and self-esteem.


Cumbernauld College: Princes Trust and Get Ready For Work provision at Kirkintilloch

Town Centre Cumbernauld


G67 1HU

Tel: 01236 731811 II Email: II Web:

Forward Training Partnership

Work within East Dunbartonshire providing training in the forms of Get Ready for Work, Life Skills, Modern Apprenticeships and Targeted Pathways to Apprenticeships. These programmes are all employability National Training Programmes funded by Skills Development Scotland with a close working partnership with Skills Development Scotland Careers Scotland.

Forward Training are currently contracted to deliver Modern Apprenticeships in Business and Administration levels 2/3 (16 to 19 year olds) at no cost to the employer, and Retail Levels 2/3 Modern Apprenticeships.


Forward Training Partnership Ltd Bishopbriggs

Unit 10 Springfield Works

Emerson Road


G64 1QE

Tel: 0141 772 3333 II II

Jobcentre Plus

Advertise a job and Jobcentre Plus services. Businesses like yours can help get Britain working by creating opportunities for people looking for work. You can make a real difference to your local community by helping develop skills and creating jobs. You could support, Voluntary Work Experience, Sector -based work academies, Work Clubs, Work Together or Enterprise Clubs.

One of the key elements of the Youth Contract is Wage Incentives worth up to £2,275 each for employers who recruit an 18-24 year old through the Work Programme.

No matter how big or how small your business you can become involved.


Maureen Barradell: Partnership and Employer Engagement Manager

Department for Work and Pensions – Jobcentre Directorate

3 South Muirhead Road


G67 1AX

Tel: 01236 503 256/07966 566 855 II Email II


Skills Development Scotland

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) services can help you build a strong and competitive workforce through learning and development.

As Scotland’s leading skills body, SDS is equipped to provide you with skills, training and funding advice. Learning and development are essential to productivity and competitiveness, and SDS can help to direct your people development efforts so that you gain from your investment.


Skills Development Scotland Centre

East Dunbartonshire Campus for Further and Higher Education

Southbank Road


G66 1NH

Tel: 0141 777 5860 II Email: II Web:


Tell Training

The Tell Organisation….Learning Centre of Excellence

Developing people’s skill and talent are what we are all about – whether it’s helping managers understand the benefits of developing their people, individuals enhancing their own skills and professional development or individuals needing support to get into work.

What We Offer

Short Sharp Courses…Modern Apprenticeships…Funding for Training…Vocational Training…

Compliance Training…Work Placements…Employability Programmes…Excellent Conference Facilities


The Tell Organisation

Tell House

Bankhead Road


G82 2RT

Tel: 01389 726 555 II Email: II Web:


TIGERS in partnership with Carillion, have created over 350 apprenticeships over the past 3 years.

By using Get Ready for Work and other Local Authorities Initiatives TIGERS are successfully delivering training for the following Modern Apprenticeships:

Business and Administration: SVQ Level 2 MA and SVQ Level 3 MA

Children’s Care Learning and Development: SVQ Level 3 MA

Customer Service: SVQ Level 2 MA

General Construction Operations: SVQ Level 2 MA

Facilities Services: SVQ Level 2 MA



Huntershill Village

Unit 27, 102 Crowhill Road


G64 1RP

Tel: 0141 771 5200 II Email: II Web:

Youth Contract – Frequently asked questions

What is the Youth Contract?

The Youth Contract is a package of support worth almost £1billion to help young unemployed people to prepare for work and find a job. Over three years from April 2012 the Youth Contract will provide nearly half a million new opportunities for young people and will enhance the get Britain working measures with an increased focus on young people. We aim to build on the fantastic support many employers have already offered.

What is in it for my business?

The Youth Contract gives you support to create new, sustainable jobs for young people. It will enable you to bring fresh talent into your organisation and build your workforce’s skills base.

How do I get in touch about the Youth Contract?

If you want to talk to someone about Youth Contract call 0845 601 2001 (option 2). People with a speech or hearing impairment can call textphone 0845 601 2002

What is the wage incentive element?

Over three years of the Youth Contract employers are able to take advantage of 160,000 wage incentives. These are worth up to £2,275 each where they employ an 18 to 24 year old from the Work Programme for at least 26 weeks (in Great Britain). Of course, a young person will still need to be paid the National Minimum Wage.

I want to employ someone on a part-time basis. Can I still get wage incentive support?

Yes. The wage incentive is available when you employ someone from 16 hours or more per week. There is a part-time rate (£1,137.50) between 16 and 29 hours and a full-time rate (£2,275) for 30 hours or more. The job still has to last for at least 26 weeks.

I’m a small business and my cash flow means I can’t wait 26 weeks?

We recognise that in some circumstances an earlier payment might help a small business with 50 or less employees and you can choose to make a claim after 8 weeks of employment. A payment of £700 which equates to 8 weeks of the wage incentive would be made.

Revised 30/03/12 – page 1 of 5 Youth Contract – Frequently asked questions

Are central government Departments able to use the wage incentive?

No. The wage incentives are primarily available to the private, voluntary community sectors and social enterprise employers. While central government Departments and their executive agencies will be excluded from claiming them, the wider public sector, such NHS trusts will not.

How do I claim a wage incentive?

Work Programme Providers will work with employers to identify employment opportunities and issue claim forms when an 18 to 24 year old starts suitable employment. After 26 weeks the employer can claim the full payment from DWP who will validate the claim and make the payment into the employer’s bank account.

Why is the Government introducing more support for young people?

The Government is committed to making a difference to the life chances of young people and to prevent them being left behind in the current economic climate. The aim is to get every unemployed young person earning or learning before long term damage is done.

Can I help by offering voluntary work experience?

Yes. By offering a voluntary work experience placement you will give a young unemployed person the chance to gain valuable work experience, improve their CV and marketability to potential employers. Voluntary work experience also provides young unemployed people with a new potential route onto an Apprenticeship. There will be an extra 250,000 voluntary work experience / sector-based work academy places over the next three years in England and Scotland. If you’re interested in offering voluntary work experience places you can read our online guide -

Will I need to supply any evidence to support their claims?

Yes, but we have listened and have kept this to a minimum. The employer will be asked to provide copies of the individual’s pay statements/slips for the period being claimed so that we can see the claimant has been employed by the same employer throughout.

What about Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are paid jobs with training designed by employers themselves. There are already 200+ Apprenticeship job roles, with more being developed all the time. Apprenticeships can get young people started on a promising career and bring higher lifetime earnings.

For more information on the Modern Apprenticeship programme in Scotland, please visit

Alternatively, employers in Scotland can contact the Skills Development Scotland (SDS) helpline on 0800 783 6000. The local contact for East Dunbartonshire is Joanne Molloy Skills Investment Adviser: Tel 0141 951 3010 Email:

I want to take a young person on an Apprenticeship. If they are aged 18-24 can I claim a wage incentive as well as an Apprenticeship Grant payment?

No. The incentives have different purposes and different target groups. The wage incentive is for young people aged 18-24 on the Work Programme. The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (in England ) is expressly intended to enable small employers, who have not previously taken on apprentices, to benefit from the Apprenticeship programme and then you are free to recruit from any source provided the apprentice is aged 16-24.

How do I offer an Apprenticeship?

National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) and its website will provide more information and guide you through the steps of setting up an Apprenticeship.

Further information is available at: and at Skills Development Scotland for the Modern Apprenticeships in Scotland or Apprenticeships in Wales

I am an employer who is considering employing an 18-24 year old from the Work Programme and claiming a wage incentive. I am concerned about possible legal challenges against me on the basis of age discrimination. Can DWP provide me with assurances that by getting involved in this way I am not at risk of a legal challenge?

Where treating a person differently on the grounds of age is objectively justified as “a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim”, then there is no unlawful discrimination. As the policy owner, DWP believes there is a clear justification for the Youth Contract programme which provides special help for unemployed people aged 18 to 24. This is because of the general position of young people within the labour market. Further detail can be found on our Youth Contract page -

How can I get more information?

Please visit or Kirkintilloch Jobcentre Plus on 0845 606 0234

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