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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-14129: Jeremy Balfour (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 26 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has on how many employment opportunities, including apprenticeships, have been made available to unemployed young people as a result of Scotland's Employer Recruitment Incentive (SERI), broken down by (a) disabled people or people with a long-term health condition, (b) care-experienced young people, (c) carers, (d) people with convictions, including community payback orders, (e) early leavers from the armed forces, veterans or ex-forces personnel, (f) people unemployed for six months or more who are not on the Work Programme or a Community Work Placement, (g) people who have failed their ESA Work Capability Assessment, (h) Work Programme completers who remain unemployed, (i) ethnic minority groups, (j) people from the Gypsy/Traveller community, (k) partners of current or ex-Armed Forces personnel, (l) people requiring support with language, literacy or numeracy, including those for whom English is an additional language, (m) lone parents, (n) people with lower than SCQF Level 5 qualifications, (o) young people who received additional support for learning in school, (p) refugees or other people granted leave to stay in the UK, (q) homeless people, including those in temporary or unstable accommodation and (r) people affected by substance misuse.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 9 February 2018

The information on the number of employment opportunities supported by Scotland’s Employer Recruitment Incentive, broken down by eligible groups in set out in the following table.




Employment Opportunities


Disability or long term health condition


Care Experienced




Person with a conviction


Early leaver from forces & veterans


Partner of current or ex-armed forces


Long term unemployed (6 months +)


Failed ESA Work Capability Assessment


Work Programme completer - unemployed


Ethnic minority groups


Gypsy/Travelling community


Language, Literacy, Numeracy (Inc ESOL)


Lone Parent


Person with lower than SCQF Level 5


Received additional support - learning in school


Refugee or other granted leave to stay in the UK


Person affected by substance misuse


Homeless person



Those marked with a * are to protect anonymity as the numbers are less than 5.

** Eligibility for SERI changes in 2016-17. Figures in 2015-16 broadly reflect the same criteria.