Post-COVID-19 job placements and apprenticeships

As the economy prepares to safely reopen, the government is now beginning the second phase of its response to Covid-19 with a targeted Plan for Jobs.

Kickstart Scheme

Bruntwood has partnered with The Growth Company to enable customers to access The KickStart scheme which aims to help young people aged 16-24 on Universal Credit to gain vital skills and experience that will boost their employability.

The Government is encouraging employers to take on placements by paying 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, in addition to National Insurance and pension contributions. If an organisation wants to offer more than the 25 hours covered by the scheme, they must pay the wages for the additional hours themselves.

There is also £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training. The organisation must either deliver this support and training for the funded placements internally or can outsource it.

Placements must be additional roles in the organisation. They cannot replace an existing role or those recently made redundant.

Through Bruntwood, the Growth Company enables customers to access the scheme, overcoming the normal threshold of a minimum of 30 placements to participate. The Growth Company will assist customers making their application and will guide them through the process of securing the grant funding, recruitment of the placements and on-boarding them. They can also provide the compulsory career support and training that is a condition of the scheme which costs £500 out the £1500 grant allowance per placement.

Applications are open until the end of December 2021. However as funds for the scheme are limited, it is recommended to apply early.

High Quality Traineeships

High quality work placements and training for 16-24 year olds. The government will now fund employers who provide trainees with work experience, at a rate of £1,000 per trainee. The government will improve provision and expand eligibility for traineeships to those with Level 3 qualifications and below, to ensure that more young people have access to high quality training. More information can be found here.

Apprenticeships

A new payment from Government of £2,000 to employers in England for each new apprentice they hire aged under 25, and a £1,500 payment for each new apprentice they hire aged 25 and over, from 1st August 2020 to 31st January 2021. These payments will be in addition to the existing £1,000 payment the government already provides for new 16-18 year-old apprentices, and those aged under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan – where that applies. More information can be found here.

For more information go to the Gov.UK website.

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