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Scotland’s Employer Recruitment Incentive (SERi)

SERi delivers the Scottish Government’s commitment to help unemployed young people

Administered by South Lanarkshire Council on behalf of the Scottish Government, SERI will have a much sharper focus on improving the job prospects of young people who face the greatest barriers to employment.

South Lanarkshire have 41 places available on a first come first served basis.

Applications are open for job starts from 1 April 2017.


SERi is available to South Lanarkshire based Private or Third Sector employers of any size recruiting a young person into sustainable employment.

Unemployed young people aged 16-29 years (inclusive) who fall within one or more of the following groups will be eligible for SERI support:

  • person with a disability or long-term health condition;
  • care experienced young people;
  • carer;
  • 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.

Evidence supporting a young person’s eligibility must be provided at application stage.

Support available

There is up to £4500 of support available to employers. This is paid in the following periods of sustained employment: 4 weeks - £600, 13 weeks - £1,400 and 52 weeks-  £2,000. There will be an additional £500 available at week 52 for employers who pay the living wage ‘LW’.

You can find further information on Skills Development Scotland - Employers Information PDF or you can phone us on 0303 123 1015.