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Employing a Young Person

Find more information here about the support available for your business to employ a young person; such as the Government's Kickstart scheme or West Lothian Council's wage subsidy scheme.

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West Lothian Council is now offering wage subsidy positions to small/medium employers based within West Lothian. The Wage Subsidy will pay 50% of the national minimum wage for up 16-17-year-olds for up to 52 weeks and 50% of the real living wage for young people aged 18-24 for 26 weeks.

In addition to financial support, a team of employment advisers will help your business find the right person for the position and provide in-work support if required.


Kick Start is the UK Government scheme providing funding to employers in the public, private and voluntary sector to create new 6-month job placements for 16 - 24-year-olds who are currently on Universal Credits and at risk of long-term unemployment.

West Lothian College has a suite of training on offer to support the young person to develop the skills they need to not only work in your industry but also to give them the best opportunity to access permanent employment.  Whether this is a one-day personal development course, bespoke vocational courses for the duration of their placement or our new and exciting Pathway Apprenticeship programmes, you can be confident that the young person is getting a high-quality learning experience relevant to your sector.

Young Person Guarantee

Skills for Business Programme

Skills for Business is a programme for young entrepreneurs currently affected by unemployment but with a passion for future business success.  If you have a business idea and have ever wondered what it would be like to be your own boss, then Skills for Business could be just the starting point for you.

For more information download the PDF here

West Lothian  College has designed a variety of products to ensure that the young person has the skills and subject specialism to enable access to your industry. Whether is it short sharp training on our Skills Boost Programme, full-time college courses or six months accelerated HNCs you can be confident that we have a talent pool to support your recruitment requirements.

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