No One Left Behind - Edinburgh’s Employer Recruitment Incentive (EERI)

About the fund

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Edinburgh’s Employer Recruitment Incentive is funded by the Scottish Government under the No One Left Behind funding stream and contributes to the work of the Edinburgh Guarantee.

If you are a private or third sector organisation with a maximum of 250 employees, you can apply to the EERI fund. The fund will help with the costs of recruiting and employing someone who fits the criteria.

If your application is successful you can receive up to £6,000 for new created jobs or Modern Apprenticeships. The fund can cover

  • wages
  • training
  • travel
  • other work-related costs.

Employment must last for over 52 weeks and a maximum of two applications can be made. Employees must

  • have a contract for at least 52 weeks at the minimum wage or higher
  • be unemployed and meet the eligibility for the fund.

Eligible groups

You can employ someone who meets all the following criteria:

  • is unemployed
  • is aged between 16-67 years
  • has the right to live and work in the UK
  • falls within two or more of the fund’s eligible groups

For a full list of eligible groups please download the employer pack.

Download the No One Left Behind factsheet

Download the full list of barriers with definitions


Apply for an EERI fund

Rules and deadlines

Funds are for new job starts up to 28 February 2021. 

You can’t apply for funding for someone who is already in post. It must be for a new job and the person must be out of work at the time of applying.

Employees must have a contract of employment for a minimum 16 hours per week, and be either a

  • permanent contract
  • fixed term contract for 52 weeks or more
  • Modern Apprenticeship.

Zero-hour contracts will not be eligible.

No One Left Behind

Edinburgh’s Employer Recruitment Incentive (EERI)

Address: The City of Edinburgh Council, 1.4,
Waverley Court,
4 East Market Street,

Telephone: 0131 529 3139