No One Left Behind Employability Funding Stream

How does the fund work?

  • We pay the fund directly to employers.
  • It applies to new job starts up to 31 March 2022.
  • New employees should not start the post until funding is agreed

For a job to be eligible for funding it must:

  • be a new role in the organisation, not a vacancy
  • offer a minimum of 52 weeks employment
  • guarantee a minimum of 25 hours employment each week
  • pay national minimum wage or higher
  • pay a salary greater than funding received
  • have a contract of employment such as (companies who employ a person on a zero hour contract will not be eligible):
    • permanent contract
    • fixed term contract for 52 weeks or more
    • fixed term contract for the duration of the apprenticeship
  • by law, employees must receive a written contract of employment within two months of starting (we will need a copy of this, without it no payments can be made)

Who can I employ?

You can employ someone who meets all of the following criteria:

  • unemployed
  • aged between 16-67 years
  • reside within the Scottish Borders
  • has the right to live and work in the UK
  • falls within one or more of the fund’s eligible groups

What does the fund offer?

The training allowance can be paid for up to two employees, a full time job on:

  • minimum wage: 25 hours or above between national minimum wage and real living wage rates for 52 weeks up to £4k or capped at 50% if total salary is below £8k
  • real living wage: 25 hours or above at real living wage rates or above for 52 weeks up to £6k

For further information contact

Employment support service

Address: 1st Floor
Paton Street

Telephone: 01835 824000