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NEW: Kickstart Scheme
In his Summer Economic Update in Parliament on 8 July, the Chancellor announced a new £2 billion Kickstart Scheme will be launched to create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country. Those aged 16-24, claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment, will be eligible. Funding available for each six-month job placement will cover 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week – and employers will be able to top this wage up.

Applications are expected to open from August 2020; this scheme is not live yet, further information will be provided as soon as it is published.

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.

The deadline for applications for round seven of the ESFA Community Training Grants programme is Monday 10 August, 9am. Pre-application feedback possible if submission is made by Monday 3 August, 9am.

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.

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.

New Job Help Website
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.


Last updated: 30 July 2020