Help for Employers

Dumfries and Galloway Council's Employment Total Access Point ( has a wealth of information and support available to businesses who are looking to expand their workforce.

The current offers for employers are listed below and if you are currently recruiting or are planning to do so in the near future it is well worth speaking to one of the TAP Officers to see what help and support they can offer you.

Contact details are:

Gary Calderwood                                Wigtownshire & Stewartry                             07824 595440

LT Telfer                                              Nithsdale & Upper Nithsdale                         07825 712122

Tracey Williams                                  Annandale & Eskdale                                      07802 781281

1)    Dumfries & Galloway Council Employer Recruitment Incentive

Young Persons Wage Incentive (YPWI)

  • Available for people aged 16-24 who are unemployed and are not on the Work Programme.
  • Job opportunities must be permanent, sustainable roles and employees must be paid the National Minimum Wage (NMW)

 *National Minimum Wage (hourly)


YP 16-17

YP 18 -20

YP 21-24

Modern Apprentice

*NMW FROM 1/10/15





  • Job opportunities must be with a SME; third sector, voluntary sector or charitable organisation
  • Job opportunities must be for a minimum of 25 hours and a maximum of 40 hours per week claimed.  An employee can be contracted and work more than 40 hours per week but funding will not be payable on hours worked above the eligible 40 hours.
  • Funding for YPWI is for 50% of the National Minimum Wage relevant to their age and for a maximum of 26 weeks per eligible individual. To claim for any week the eligible individual must have worked a minimum of 25 hours in that week (or if absent be covered by the employer’s sickness absence/leave policies).  The total number of weeks paid for any individual will not exceed 26 weeks.  The recruit must be unemployed for a minimum of 1 day to meet the eligibility criteria.
  • Jobs created must be additional to the existing workforce and should be offered on the basis that the position will be sustained beyond the lifetime of the subsidy.
  • Young Persons Wage Incentive (YPWI) is a D&G Council Employer Recruitment Incentive and final decision in relation to accessing the funding rests with the Employability and Skills Service.

 2)    Dumfries & Galloway Council Employer Recruitment Incentive

Pathway to Employment

Dumfries & Galloway Council has committed funding for an incentive to recruit adults aged 25+ through a wage subsidy programme. Funding of up to £3744 is available for employers who recruit an eligible client.

 National Living Wage (hourly) from 1st April 2016:


Age 25+

NMW FROM 1/10/15 to 31/03/2016




 The target group are identified as those aged 25+ and who are furthest from the labour market and are facing complex barriers to work within specific criteria:

Barriers to Employment*

Long-term unemployed

Living in a jobless household including: (Please tick below if applies).

a) Living in a jobless household with dependent children  

b) Living in a single adult household with dependent children  

Migrant, people with a foreign background, minorities

(inc. marginalised communities such as Roma)

With disabilities

Asylum Seeker


Primary carer of older person

Primary carer of a child/children under 18 or adult


Low income employed

Looked after young person

Criminal convictions

Long-term physical illness/condition

Mental health issues

No work experience

Substance related conditions.

Low Skills (ISCED Level 1 or 2)

Homeless or affected by housing exclusion

Armed Forces Veteran

Above 54 years of age

From Rural Areas

From Remote Rural Areas

From Employment Deprived Areas

*In order for a client to fit the criteria, two or more of the above barriers must be identified.

  • Each job will receive 50% of the National Living Wage relevant to their age for a maximum period of 26 weeks. The maximum amount of hours that can be claimed back for this funding is capped at 40 hours per week, however, the recruit can work more than 40 hours per week. They must work a minimum of 25 per week and have been unemployed for a minimum of 1 day to meet the eligibility criteria. They must also have two or more of the above barriers to accessing work. Hours worked are flexible for those with a disability, learning difficulty or additional support needs, please contact the office for more details.
  • Job opportunities must be with a Small & Medium Sized Enterprise (SME); third sector, voluntary sector or charitable organisation.
  • Jobs created must be additional to the existing workforce and should be offered on the basis that the position will be sustained beyond the lifetime of the subsidy.
  • Pathway to Employment is a D&G Council Employer Recruitment Incentive and final decision in relation to accessing the funding rests with the Employability and Skills Service.

Audit and Compliance - Monthly Requirement

The following should be retained for audit and verification purposes:

  • Copies of the employer’s payroll records i.e. copies of all payslips provided and payroll records detailing the employers contributions and payment methods;
  • Copies of the employer’s bank statement which shows payment by BACS transfer into the employee’s bank account. If paid as part of a large payroll we need evidence of the employee pay number which is to be highlighted on the monthly payroll statement.
  • Bank statements need to show the bank name, address, sort code and account number.
  • All bank transfers to the employee need to match the employee payslip.
  • Copies of the employer’s invoice/proforma requesting payment of 50% of salary costs for each employee – an invoicing template will be provided.

Participant Requirements - One Off Requirement

Each employee should be issued a Letter / Contract containing the following information:

  • The name and address of the employee;
  • Job Title and Employment start date;
  • Job Description
  • Details of the wage rates being applied;
  • Details of the proposed number of hours worked per week;
  • Details of the number of weeks that the wage subsidy will apply;
  • Details of the employee’s holiday entitlement;
  • Details of the employee’s sickness entitlement;
  • Funding End Date;
  • The method and frequency of payments (i.e. weekly via BACs);
  • Publicity – a statement should be included advising the employee that the position is being supported by the European Social Fund.
  • Declaration section – the employee must sign and return a copy of the declaration. In addition, the signed declaration should be counter-signed by the Local Authority to confirm the eligibility of both the company and employee.

Please note - invoicing cannot commence until we have received a signed contract of employment for each recruit.

A contract template can be supplied which covers all necessary information above.


  • As a minimum all letters/contracts must carry the correct logos and should also acknowledge funding by the European Social Fund.  Further guidance is available from the Scottish Government European Structural Funds website:

  • In addition, copies of the ESF logo can be downloaded using the following link:

 Early Leavers

  • Where individuals leave their employment within 26-weeks Dumfries and Galloway Council reserve the right to investigate the causes and pay grant for all cost elements only up to the last date of the individual’s employment.

Offers are subject to eligibility and availability

For further information: DG Employment TAP, 24 Nith Place: Dumfries, DG1 2PN

Tel: 01387 245191

3)    DWP Work Experience

  • Work experience is open to young people who are aged 16 to 24 years old and, in some cases, people aged 25 and over who do not have any recent work history.
  • Work experience will enable young, unemployed people to volunteer for placements lasting between 2 and 8 weeks.  Volunteers will be matched with suitable host employers and complete a selection process.
  • DWP will continue to pay participants’ benefits and also cover the costs of travel and childcare. Young people who have spent up to 8 weeks in a work experience opportunity can have their placement extended by up to 4 weeks where an employer makes an offer to take them on to an apprenticeship.
    • The Work Experience placement should be for 25-30 hours per week unless there is a health /childcare responsibility which has been agreed with their work coach and then it is expected to be 16 hours or more per week.
    • People are eligible to undertake Work Experience from 13 weeks after they have made their claim.

4)    Jobcentre Plus Work Trials

A Work Trial is a way of trying out a potential employee before offering them a job. You can offer a work trial if the job is for 16 hours or more a week and is for a maximum of 15 days. People are eligible from day 1 of claiming.

Benefits to employers include:

  • It is risk free and you can trial a potential employee before making a final decision
  • You know the jobseeker is committed because they are volunteering for the Work Trial
  • There are no wage costs and benefits continue to be paid to the jobseeker
  • There is very little paperwork

The conditions for a work trial are:

  • The duration for the trial must be agreed in advance
  • Jobcentre Plus will check that the jobseeker meets eligibility conditions and is volunteering to take part

5)    Sector Based Work Academy

  • Sector Base Work Academies combine sector-based training with a work experience placement and a guaranteed job interview. This is a flexible model which can be designed to suit one or a group of employers’ needs but should be for a maximum of 6 weeks. They are designed to support Job Seekers Allowance and Employment Support Allowance (Work Related Activity Group) customers who are close to the labour market but who have been unable to find sustained employment in a demand sector with the further aim of supporting employers in those sectors to fill their vacancies more efficiently.
  • Job Seekers Allowance and Employment Support Allowance claimants are able to participate in training of up to 30 hours a week whilst on a sector-based work academy.

Skills Development Scotland- Modern Apprenticeship

What is a Modern Apprenticeship?

A Modern Apprenticeship supports your business to train your employees. It also helps employees gain essential skills.

Who's eligible?

Modern Apprenticeships are available for anyone living in Scotland and are suited to all sorts of industries. Provided there's a Modern Apprentice frame work, every employee aged 16 to 24 is eligible for funding which contributes towards training. In some sectors over 25’s are also eligible for funding support.

How it works

When you take on a new employee they might not have all the skills you need right now. Similarly, a current employee might need new skills to take on a different role. Modern Apprentices get the skills they need while working, and a training provider helps them get a recognised qualification – meaning they’ll be a real asset to your business.

Who pays?

Your business pays the employee's salary. Skills Development Scotland contributes towards the cost of the training. For further information visit

Adopt an Apprentice
Adopt an Apprentice and not only will your business benefit from a skilled trainee, but you will also receive a financial incentive. The financial incentive will help cover wage and recruitment costs of taking on a Modern Apprentice who has been made redundant from another employer.

For businesses in the oil and gas industry, the financial incentive is £5,000. For businesses in all other industries the incentive is £2,000.

Skills for Growth

Working in partnership with Investors in People Scotland (IIPS), the fully funded Skills for Growth project is to support SMEs achieve their objectives.  The programme enables organisations to access the right package of skills and learning support that is appropriate to their individual business needs.  The support provided will also help the business to grow and develop and ultimately create additional employment opportunities.

With an Employer Engagement Adviser from Skills Development Scotland and Investors in People Specialist we will discuss your organisations priorities, objectives and challenges.  Once a plan has been established we will undertake a diagnostic of your current workforce and prepare a detailed Skills Action Plan.  Tel: Lesley Begg 07901221457 Email: 

Certificate of Work Readiness

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 further information on

Employability support

The Employability Fund brings together a number of national training programmes (Get Ready for Work and Training for Work) and provides flexible training support which responds to the needs of employers and local labour markets.  The Employability fund is delivered in partnership with training providers and colleges providing more than 17,000 places for people in Scotland. For further information call Skills Development Scotland on 0800 783 6000.

These initiatives will be delivered by SDS contracted training providers who are delivering the Employability Fund and the Modern Apprentice frameworks.

 Flexible Training Opportunity

Applications for Flexible Training Opportunities for the financial year 2015-16 are now closed. More than 2500 small firms have applied for support since this year’s fund was launched, with the entire budget having now been allocated. For further information visit

All offers are subject to eligibility and availability


 DG Employment TAP

24 Nith Place: Dumfries


Tel: 01387 245191