Helping people into work

A number of sources of support are available to help people into work - whether its for young people looking to go into a job or further education, employers looking to set up job placements, or supporting the long-term unemployed to access skills, training and jobs

Employability team

The Employability Team supports the long term unemployed, and helps people to access skills, training, opportunities and jobs.

Find out more about the Employability team and what they can do for you here >

Young Person's Guarantee

The Young Person’s Guarantee is a commitment from the Scottish Government to Scotland’s young people. It aims to support young people to have a bright and prosperous future.

Within the next two years, the ambition is that every 16-24 year old in Scotland will either be in paid employment for a period of between 12 and 24 months, enrolled in education, actively involved on an apprenticeship or training programme, or engaged on a formal volunteering or supported activity programme.

The council’s Employability Team, is supporting the Young Person’s Guarantee and is currently working on plans to help deliver the new scheme.  We will finalise these plans once we have confirmation of Scottish Government requirements. We will publish more detail as soon as it is available. 

More information can be found

UK Government’s Kick Start Scheme (16-24 year olds)

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new, six month job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers:

Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021.

A Kickstart Scheme application must be for a minimum of 30 job placements. If a business cannot provide this many placements, they can contact a local Kickstart Gateway. The council is just one of three organisations classed as Kickstart Gateways and can help smaller businesses apply under the scheme.

We can provide:

  • Access to enthusiastic new recruits
  • Flexible and hassle free recruitment
  • Wraparound Employability Support

Gateway organisations for Argyll and Bute include:

  • Argyll and Bute Council;
  • InspirAlba – with a focus on social enterprises; and
  • The Adecco Group - commissioned by the Federation of Small Businesses at a national level.

Further Information

Contact our Employability Team on 01586 555990 or email

Find out more about the Kick Start Scheme on the website