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Support for Employers in East Lothian

Get involved in inspiring and recruiting young people in your local area.

Find out how to get involved and access the free support on offer below.

Entry level positions within organisations offer a great opportunity for young people to move into the world of work. These roles give young people a solid foundation for building their skills, knowledge and experience, with the potential to advance in the future.

The Guarantee offers free support and guidance for employers recruiting school leavers and young people. We can support with job descriptions, job advertising, shortlisting and invites to interview where necessary. 

To find out more contact us

Have you ever thought about a Modern Apprenticeship? There are over 90 different types of MA frameworks which fit with many industries. Find out more below.  


Modern Apprenticeships, available from Skills Development Scotland, are structured work-based training towards an industry approved qualification. An MA offers employers the opportunity to recruit and train young people for their organisations. This is done through a combination of paid employment, job training and an industry recognised qualification.

Modern Apprenticeships give employees aged 16+ an alternative way to gain the skills, experience and qualifications to start a career within their chosen sector, without the need to study full-time. In addition, Modern Apprentices also gain a number of core skills including communication, numeracy, problem solving, working with others and IT skills. Further information can be FOUND HERE.

East Lothian Council work experience refers to a limited period of time that a school pupil spends with an employer during which they have the opportunity to learn directly about working life and the working environment. Some experience placements offer pupils the chance to try their hand at particular tasks while others provide an opportunity to watch and learn. Work experience placements are becoming more flexible and range from a one week placement for a 4th year pupil to several weeks full time work experience, and everything in between.

Marketplace, the digital platform connecting business with education can offer you a one door approach to connecting with your local and regional schools. Find out more in the work inspiration section below.

Marketplace is an online tool making it easy for you to build connections with schools and colleges.

Get involved in inspiring, informing and investing in young people. Pass on your knowledge of your sector through workshops, talks, workplace visits, online support or even competitions. 

Build young people's job readiness, increase their career options and grow their knowledge of the world of work. At the same time source your future workforce, address skills gaps and shape young talent.

Developed in partnership with Skills Development Scotland, Marketplace is quick and easy to use.

All you need to do is fill out a form to tell us about the opportunity you want to offer. Once approved your offer will be posted on an online noticeboard. Schools and colleges then get in touch with you. It's that simple.

Register or logon to Marketplace HERE

In East Lothian, there are training organisations that can support young people with assistance from employers. These organisations need the support of employers who are willing to offer a work placement that will allow a young person to increase their skills, experience and knowledge of the workplace. 

Many of these training organisations deliver industry related qualifications alongside a work placement and therefore ask employers from specific industry sectors to get involved. However, other training organisations deliver more generic qualifications like the Certificate of Work Readiness and therefore ask employers from multiple sectors to get involved.

If you are able to offer part-time or full-time work placements from anything between 1-6 months we can help you find a suitable organisation with young people who are interested in the opportunity your organisation can offer.  

For futher information contact East Lothian Works

East Lothian Council can link employers to organisations, which can support employees who require specific training to overcome literacy and/or numeracy problems. Features of this support could be the provision of access to literacy support for staff or a referral to organisations to help employees where English is the second Language. For more information contact East Lothian Works

Access to Work (AtW): AtW assists disabled people, over 16, who are in paid employment, have a job to start or an interview for a job, by providing practical support to overcome work related obstacles from disability. There is an employer cost share involved in some cases. For further information CLICK HERE

Work Choice:Work Choice can help you to employ a disabled person who needs specialist support. A provider will work with you to develop a package of support specially designed for your business and the individual with the aim of developing their skills. You can offer any type of work but it must be 16 hours or more per week to qualify. There is a wage incentive if you offer a job lasting 26 weeks to an 18-24 year old who's participating in Work Choice (£2,275 for 30 hours or more, £1,137 for 16 to 29 hours). You can claim when the person has been employed for 26 weeks. For more information call Remploy on 0845 155 2810 or Shaw Trust 07714380998.

Interview Rooms: There may be rooms available in East Lothian Works, the Jobcentre or our partners' premises that we can make available to assist with interviewing your prospective employees. For more information call 0131 456 5143 or email

Business Gateway: East Lothian Council delivers the Business Gateway contract.  Business Gateway East Lothian offers expert help and support to new and exisiting businesses.

Through Business Gateway you can access:

  • Free advice from our expert business advisers to help you start a business or find new ways of doing business
  • Free local seminars and workshops including specific skills events and start-up sessions - covering finance, marketing and e-commerce
  • Free business information on all aspects of starting and growing a business.  We are in partnership with other professional organisations so you can be sure you will receive the best possible support

For more information contact Business Gateway East Lothian or telephone  01620 808 032

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