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Venture Trust now a Living Wage organisation

Venture Trust is proud to announce the organisation has been accredited as a Living Wage Employer.

Here at Venture Trust we support people struggling with many and complex issues, outside mainstream support and unemployed, or who may have never been in employment.

A significant focus of our support is to equip people to be ‘job ready’, able to access mainstream support, open to further learning and more able to sustain employment to earn a decent standard of living. So they can move beyond ‘getting by’ or struggling in poverty.

Following our commitment to ensure those we support move away from poverty and hardship, we also want to make sure our staff are paid fairly.

Venture Trust chief executive officer Amelia Morgan said: “Paying the Scottish Living Wage is an important step forward for Venture Trust. We are delighted to have achieved accreditation. As a charity, the Scottish Living Wage makes sense, it reflects our commitment to living our values of caring for people. We want to be able to pay all our staff a wage which helps them thrive in life.”

Our Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Venture Trust receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.30. A rate significantly higher than the government minimum for over 25s, which currently stands at £8.21 per hour.

In Scotland, nearly a fifth of all jobs (17%) pay less than the real Living Wage - around 380,000 jobs. Despite this, we have committed to pay the real Living Wage and deliver a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work.

Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation said: “We’re delighted that Venture Trust has joined the movement of over 6000 responsible employers across the UK who voluntarily commit to go further than the government minimum to make sure all their staff earn enough to live on.

“They join thousands of small businesses, as well as household names such as IKEA, Heathrow Airport, Barclays, Chelsea and Everton Football Clubs and many more. These businesses recognise that paying the real Living Wage is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like Venture Trust, believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay."

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