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Kickstart Scheme – now open for applications
As part of the government’s Plan for Jobs, a new £2 billion Kickstart Scheme will create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country. The 6 month placements are open to those aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long term unemployment. They will be available across a range of different sectors in England, Scotland and Wales. The first placements are likely to be available from November. There will also be extra funding to support young people to build their experience and help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart funded job.

Employers will receive funding for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum auto-enrolment pension contributions. Further information is available on the guidance for employers pages.

Support finding a representative
A Kickstart Scheme application must be for a minimum of 30 job placements. If a single employer cannot provide this many job placements, they can join a group of other employers, nominating a representative for the group to submit the application.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has announced a new partnership with Adecco Working Ventures. Together they will form a new national gateway and intermediary partner for the UK Government’s new Kickstart Scheme, which covers England, Scotland and Wales. FSB will also be delivering a regional programme of webinars and other resources to encourage, inspire and help small businesses to get involved and make the most of the new Scheme. Further information is available on their dedicated Kickstart Scheme campaign webpage.

Additionally, Dorset Chamber is working alongside the British Chambers of Commerce and is a recognised intermediary in helping businesses access the scheme. Businesses who want to create fewer than 30 placements can do so via Dorset Chamber.

Young people can find out more about the Kickstart Scheme at the jobhelp site.

Construction Talent Retention Scheme
The Construction Leadership Council’s Talent Retention Scheme (CLC TRS) was conceived to help talented individuals showcase their experience and expertise and help businesses find the skills they need.

The CLC’s TRS is a not for profit programme, supported by business associations, member companies, professional institutions, unions and other stakeholder organisations.

Construction is largely comprised of SMEs, employs significant numbers of people in local communities and contributes 8% of GVA nationally. A recent survey indicates that around 690,000 jobs are at risk in the sector by the end of 2020. Over 500,000 left the industry during the last recession, creating a mass skills shortage, which will only become more acute due to EU Exit and post Covid19 effects. The Talent Retention Scheme will help to stop that.

The scheme has two aims:

  1. Facilitate talent matching and employee loans on a temporary basis between business
  2. Supply re-deployment of staff at risk of redundancy from other sectors, given the overlapping competencies.

For individuals, CLC’s TRS provides a tailored portal through which candidates can register their personal profile and CV and search for vacancies.

Companies interested in recruiting candidates can contact them directly through the portal and also upload any job vacancies they wish to promote.

Download the information for businesses leaflet here.
Download the information for individuals leaflet here.

ESFA Community Training Grants
Groundwork London and Groundwork South are administering Community Training Grants in the Dorset LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) area, funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund.

The ESFA programme aims to support projects which will move unemployed and economically inactive people closer to the labour market, and can support a very diverse range of activities which achieve this (both formal and informal styles of training).

The ESFA has highlighted four priority groups that it wishes to engage with*:

  • Participants over 50 years of age;
  • Participants with disabilities;
  • Participants from Ethnic Minorities; and
  • Participants who are women.

* This does not mean that projects which do not have those participants are ineligible.

Third Sector Organisations and small organisations (equal or less than 49 people, equal or less than 10 million Euro turnover) can apply for grants between £5,000 and £20,000, for projects taking place in Dorset. Participants must be 16 or over, have the right to work in the UK and be economically inactive or unemployed.

This is a rolling programme, so you can apply at any time. The deadline for your application to be considered in the next round of decision meetings has been extended by two weeks and is now 9am, 26 October 2020.

For further information and to apply, please click here.

Regional Redeployment Service
As a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this regional redeployment service aims to match those recently made redundant with new work in sectors experiencing a surge in employment demand such as food retail, care and distribution.

It will engage with and support employers needing to make redundancies to ensure a smooth transition for employees into new work.

Support is also available for individuals who have lost their jobs or whose jobs have been affected during the crisis.

Details of the service can be found here.

New Job Help Website
Delivered by Job Centre Plus, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has launched a new job help website to assist people finding work and to find out about work needed urgently.

There is a dedicated page for Dorset where you can find updates about local events, support and job vacancies, as well as a link to your local Jobcentre Plus Twitter account. Further information is available here.

Work and Health Programme – Job Entry – Targeted Support (JETS)
JETS will start in England and Wales from 5 October 2020 and will run for 12 months. This new support is aimed at Universal Credit (UC), All Work Related Requirements (AWRR) group and New Style Jobseekers Allowance claimants who have been unemployed and in receipt of benefit for at least 13 weeks (periods of furlough do not count towards this 13 weeks).

JETS provides light touch support for people who are recently unemployed and, due to resource pressures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, may not have had access to support from a Jobcentre Plus work coach. It is not designed for those who need more intensive support, which is available from other DWP provision e.g. core WHP and Intensive Personalised Employment Support (IPES).

Claimants will be referred to JETS following a discussion with their Jobcentre Plus work coach. It is intended that participation in JETS is primarily voluntary. In certain circumstances, work coaches may mandate some claimants to attend the first appointment, although the expectation for the number mandated to JETS is low. Participants will remain on the provision for 6 months

The primary objectives of JETS:

  1. Make support available to people who have been out of work for at least 13 weeks, to help them gain paid employment.
  2. Maximise the opportunities to support people to find work , given the reduced availability of DWP resource / capacity.
  3. Support each participant to develop realistic job goals and career paths; identify suitable and achievable steps to realise these goals.
  4. Ensure each participant receives tailored quality support to overcome barriers to securing employment in the prevailing local labour market sector conditions, including sign posting to other support available.
  5. Ensure providers work closely with employers, local partners and services to respond to key events or labour market changes with positive and innovative solutions.

What is the JETS offer?
JETS support is based around getting participants into employment, building on providers’ links with employers at local level. It will include (but is not limited to):

  • Assessment of employment support needs.
  • Help with IT skills, job search, CV writing, interview support.
  • Support to consider different employment sectors/routes and ways of working including home working.
  • Building confidence, self-belief and self-motivation.
  • Support for anxieties about working in a Covid-19 environment including potential access to mental health and wellbeing support.
  • Signposting to other support dependent on personal characteristics and/or circumstances e.g. support offer for school leavers or older workers.
  • Signposting to skills support and other support and training.
  • Signposting to other provision such as WHP and IPES if more intensive support needs are identified and they are eligible.

Further information about the wide range of support available from Jobcentre Plus to help people back to work is available on the Job Help site, part of Gov.uk. People interested in the support offered by JETS are advised to talk to their work coach if this looks like the help they need to move them towards and into work.

BT Skills for Tomorrow
BT's Skills for Tomorrow campaign offers a range of other free webinars and online courses to help jobseekers get work ready – from how to be a hit at interviews, to CV writing. And for those looking to develop their skills and career, BT has brought together resources from expert partners covering topics such as business communication and innovation and aims to help people make the most of life in the digital world.

Find a job
The Universal Jobmatch site has been replaced with the Find a job site. Use this service to search and apply for jobs in England, Scotland & Wales.

Last updated: 28 September 2020