Youth Employment Initiative

European Social Fund LogoThe Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) programme is funded by the Scottish Government and European Social and Investment Fund (ESIF), and is delivered via Local Authorities with support from partners including the voluntary sector, Jobcentre Plus, Skills Development Scotland, local colleges and other learning and skills providers. 

YEI takes the form of an employer incentive, via a wage subsidy, to encourage local employers to create a new youth job, enabling them to employ local young people who are job ready but who may lack work experience.

Eligible Young People

The wage subsidy is only available to 16-29 year olds who are not in employment, education or training (including individuals who are inactive, unemployed and long term unemployed), resident in East Dunbartonshire and must have a legal right to work in the UK.

Eligible Employers

Private sector small to medium sized enterprises (SME’s) are eligible.  Private sector SME’s can recruit eligible clients aged 16-29 years old. Definition of SME – must be less than 250 staff members and it must have a turnover of less than 50 million euros and a balance sheet figure of less than 43 million euros.  Third Sector Organisations and Social Enterprises are also eligible.

Wage Subsidy Details

The wage subsidy is 50% of the national minimum wage for the age of the young person being employed, for up to 6 months (26 weeks).  The employer must meet the costs of the other 50% of the wage plus all of the employer NI contributions.  If an employer wishes to pay more than the national minimum wage then they must meet the additional costs in full.

Application Process

Select the link to view the YEI eligibility criteria. If you feel you meet the criteria and are interested in applying please complete the relevant application form.  

For further information please contact Katie Graham, East Dunbartonshire Council, Kirkintilloch Campus, 50 Southbank Road, Kirkintilloch Tel: 0141 777 3084 or email