Glasgow City Council’s Glasgow Guarantee has been refreshed, and this means that support will be given to unemployed people – resident in the city – of all ages through the scheme.
These people, if they are receiving support from an employability provider, and some of whom are the furthest away in Glasgow from the labour market, will now have access to jobs, training and apprenticeships.
Over 9,000 people and more than 2,000 businesses have benefited from the Glasgow Guarantee over the past decade, which sees the council supporting both local residents in entering the labour market and local businesses in employing and training local people.
More information is available at www.glasgowguarantee.org.
Businesses who participate in the Glasgow Guarantee scheme will also benefit, from a streamlined registration process and continued financial incentives to support inclusive growth, Fair Work and the Glasgow Living Wage. Businesses will also receive up to £1,000 per new team member to achieve a recognised qualification.
Previously, the Glasgow Guarantee was only available for certain groups, including unemployed young people, graduates and adults aged 50 and over.
Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council and City Convenor for Inclusive Economic Growth, said: “The new Glasgow Guarantee will make it easier for people in the city looking for a job or training to find it, and for employers looking for new employees, and in doing so help drive economic growth for the people who need it most. Widening the number of the people in Glasgow who can be supported by the Glasgow Guarantee benefits not only those looking for jobs and their potential employers, but the whole city through more economic activity and greater skills, making Glasgow more attractive for employers and investors.”
The refreshed Glasgow Guarantee scheme comes during Challenge Poverty Week. All week the council has been taking the opportunity to raise awareness of how poverty affects our citizens in different ways, engage with individuals to gather their views on what works and doesn’t work when looking at ways to tackle poverty and how we need to work with partners to make a meaningful impact.
Other events through the week include a Young Person’s debate on poverty, Get Heard community conversations with lone parents and black and minority ethic women, a Poverty Leadership Panel meeting and a focus on the support offered in our universal credit hubs.