Skills and Employment Support | Glasgow Chamber of Commerce

Skills and Employment Support

Supported by the Glasgow Employment and Skills Board, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce is committed developing programmes to support employment, skills and training in Glasgow. Using our insights and experience from over five years of delivering the successful Scottish Government funded Developing the Young Workforce (DYW Glasgow) programme which works to build links between industry and education, Glasgow Chamber has responded to employment and skills concerns with initiatives such as
Digital Critical Friends, Climate Heroes, My Climate Path, Step Up to Net Zero, the Kickstart Scheme and Step Up Glasgow.


Recruitment Support

Drawing from our experience from initiatives such as DYW Glasgow, The Kickstart Scheme, Step Up Glasgow and Step Up to Net Zero we have a wide range of services that we now offer to support your business.


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Digital Critical Friends

Currently funded by Glasgow City Council and supported by ScotlandIS, this initiative matches an industry Digital Critical Friend in every Glasgow school. This industry expert will work with Computing Science teachers to support their development in the ever changing industry and help demonstrate to young people the careers available.

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Climate Heroes

Climate Heroes is a DYW initiative which identifies Climate Heroes from industry partners and passionate individuals to showcase the skills required for our young people to enter the jobs of the future through real-life examples. It is a crucial time for young people looking to get into employment after the detrimental impact that the pandemic has had on their job prospects and we need to promote green jobs of the future.

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My Climate Path

My Climate Path is a COP26 education legacy initiative created by DYW Glasgow, with DYW Lanarkshire & East Dunbartonshire and DYW West, supported by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and funded by Scottish Government. It supports the Young Person's Guarantee commitment to provide every 16-24 year old in Scotland with an opportunity that will positively impact their future.

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Step Up to Net Zero

Now in its second phase, Step Up to Net Zero supports Glasgow SMEs in their efforts to reach net zero by funding six-month work placements who will help organisations take action towards net zero and circular goals. Fully funded by Glasgow City Council and UK SPF, and delivered by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, this project aims to support the city’s net zero ambitions and provides employability support for Glasgow’s workforce.

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Paid Work Placements

The Paid Work Placements programme is funded by Glasgow City Council to provide opportunities for up to 60 people with barriers to employment to have a work placement paid at the Real Living Wage. Placements will be funded for between 18 and 26 weeks, and for between 16 and 25 hours a week (with flexibility for fewer if required because of disability or caring responsibilities). A maximum of 550 hours can be funded through the programme.

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The Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme was set up at the outset of the pandemic when it was feared that youth unemployment would more than double. Gateway organisations created an infrastructure of approved hubs to ease engagement of local business and young people for placements both from an administrative and a practical level. Local Authorities and Chambers of Commerce were considered key to this ambition.

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Step Up Glasgow

In early 2021, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce launched a programme exclusively for Glasgow’s young people and businesses - Step Up Glasgow. This programme offered incentives to employers to create job opportunities for recent school leavers with 100% of wages funded. This was delivered in partnership with Glasgow City Council to support the young people in Glasgow into employment.

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