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The Certificate of Work Readiness has been developed for employers, using the key attributes they look for when employing staff. A mixture of work experience and employer assessments lie at the heart of the Certificate and prove that a young person, aged 16 to 19, has reached an employer defined standard.

Could you offer a young jobseeker work experience?

The certificate has benefits for both employers and employees alike. For employers it has the following key benefits:

  • Helps employers hire ‘job ready’ staff
  • Employer controlled and endorsed employee development
  • Support from a training provider
  • No requirements to pay a wage but the young person may be eligible for a training allowance.

The Certificate gives a young person the chance to demonstrate the value they can bring to your business. You can help them earn a certified SQA qualification which shows they have the right work experience for the career they want.

For employees it has the following key benefits:

  • A foot in the door with employers in an increasingly difficult employment climate
  • Earn an industry recognised SQA accredited qualification upon completion
  • Gain work experience.

Watch our video about the Certificate of Work Readiness

What’s involved?

The Certificate takes around ten weeks to complete and includes a minimum of 190 hours work experience. A training provider will offer support to minimise the time you need to spend on the process.

How will it work?

A training provider will visit you to agree what will be expected in the workplace. You should allocate a supervisor who will be aware of the young person’s attendance and attitude throughout the placement. You will assess the young person by completing a scorecard at the end of the placement with support from the training provider. A training provider will be on hand to offer support, liaising with the supervisor as required. During the work placement, the young person will visit with the training provider one day a week for follow up work.

To sign up please complete and return the attached Word doc by email to bdavidson@renfrewshirechamber.com

To find out more information view the leaflet here.

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