More than 1500 Scottish businesses are tackling youth unemployment.
The Certificate of Work Readiness was launched last year to help young people prove they are ready for work. Employers are responsible for the assessment, which will determine whether they can gain the SQA accredited qualification.
The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland has already adapted the work experience programme at Edinburgh Zoo to meet the qualification criteria. The first recruits start their training on 5 May.
Cabinet Secretary for Training, Youth and Women's Employment, Angela Constance said: "As an employer with a huge variety of positions, the Zoo is a fantastic environment for young people to learn in. Adopting the Certificate of Work Readiness shows organisations are committed to offering high quality training and work experience which benefits future prospective employers, our economy and of course the trainees themselves.