A package of additional in-work support, funded by the Scottish Government, managed by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and delivered by an extended Open Doors Consortium is available to the young people participating in SERI. From 5 November 2015, as well as SERI participants, the in-work support package will also be available to the following groups:
(1) Those who are about to be recruited but who may not be able to receive SERI (e.g . where a Local Authority no longer has SERI places available or where other issues preclude engagement)
(2)Those young people already in employment (since 1 July 2015) where the employer considers additional support to sustain their first 52 weeks of employment is required.
(3) Who are aged 16-29 and fall into at least 1 of the following groups:
- person with a disability or long-term health condition;
- care experienced young people;
- person with a conviction (including CPO’s);
- military early service leavers (up to 6 years);
- long-term unemployed (6 months or over) who are not on the Work Programme or Community Work Placements;
- person who has failed their ESA Work Capability Assessment;
- Work Programme completers who remain unemployed;
- ethnic minority groups;
- Gypsy/travelling community;
- partner of current or ex-Armed Forces personnel;
- person requiring support with language, literacy or numeracy, including those for whom English is an additional language;
- lone parent;
- person with lower than SCQF Level 5 qualification;
- a young person who was receiving additional support for learning in school;
- refugee or other granted leave to stay in the UK;
- homeless person (including temporary or unstable accommodation);
- person affected by substance misuse.
SDS will make available funding of up to £500 per young person to the organisations within Open Doors Consortium who deliver the support. This additional in-work support will be tailored to the needs of the individual and offers specialist employer services such as:
- Accredited training
- Enhanced monitoring and in-work support
- Independent travel training
- Job coaching and workplace reviews
- Purchase of basic workplace clothing and equipment
- Mentoring employers and staff in support strategies
- Information on benefit/in-work benefit checks.
The Open Doors Consortium is made up of a partnership of third sector organisations. It includes ENABLE Scotland (acting as lead), the Royal National Institute of Blind People, Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, the Lennox Partnership, The Scottish Association for Mental Health, Capability Scotland, Barnardo’s, Action for Children, Carers Trust, the Workers Educational Association, and Cornerstone.