DETAILS will be revealed this week about plans to expand the £50million Glasgow Guarantee scheme.

More than 6000 young people aged 18-24 have already benefited from the project which has helped them into employment, an apprenticeship or training.

The Glasgow Guarantee, which was launched in 2009, is the biggest scheme of its kind in the UK.

New measures include extending the eligibility period for apprenticeship places from one to two years from the date of leaving school.

And for the first time, the council will pay part of the salaries of college students starting work in certain sectors, including engineering and digital/I.T.

City council leader Gordon Matheson said: “The Glasgow Guarantee has been a great success story for the city and its expansion will mean even more young people in Glasgow will have access to jobs, training and apprenticeships.

"This is vital for Glasgow as it is not just the young people who benefit - they develop skills that will be used to generate the city’s prosperity in the decades to come.”

The expanded Glasgow Guarantee will help 1,000 Glasgow residents a year into employment.

Support will be offered to two groups. Those aged under 20 will be provided with opportunities for employment and related training while those aged 20-plus will be provided with employment opportunities.

The scheme has been extended to include all workless young people who are not in full time education, training or employment including school leavers or those thinking of leaving school.

Support has been extended for the first time to those aged 24-29 and the scheme will continue to support veterans and those aged over 50. Graduates will continue to be supported within the 20-plus category.

All groups will be eligible for assistance from the first day of unemployment and the scheme has also been simplified, now paying the Glasgow Living Wage as a minimum for those over 20 and a percentage of this rate for those aged under 20 - except for apprentices who will be paid a minimum of £4 per hour. Graduate salaries will be paid at a minimum of £8.79 per hour.

The event in the City Chambers on Wednesday will explain the details of the expanded scheme to partner agencies.

More information on the Glasgow Guarantee is available at: or by calling 0141 287 7282.