Check out the range of resources and support to help you through redundancy and business owners to support employees.
Regrettably, we are seeing the current situation with coronavirus affect employment in this region. To help people facing this situation, we’ve collated national, local and regional employment resources to help.
Job Help - https://jobhelp.dwp.gov.uk/
Information on what types of roles are good to apply for right now, also hints and tips on applying for jobs.
Find a Job - https://findajob.dwp.gov.uk/
For people seeking a full or part-time job or even some temporary work during the coronavirus emergency.
National Careers Service - https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/
For those who have lost a job, been made redundant or are concerned about reduced hours, to help those to get back into work and training.
Independent, impartial and professional advice on careers, skills, and the labour market from careers coaches to support application for jobs.
In Milton Keynes, Adviza also offer a Regional Redeployment Service for individuals who have lost their jobs or whose jobs have been affected by COVID-19 at https://www.adviza.org.uk/services/national-careers-service/regional-redeployment-service/
Promoting local vacancies and to support people to get back into work. Employers the chance to post current opportunities on their social media which the National Careers Service will promote on their channels during #JobsHour.
Serco - www.serco-ssw.com
Skills Support for Redundancy offers funded training to support individuals who are facing redundancy in small and medium sized businesses.
This can include vocational or career progression training such as gaining a relevant accreditation, as well as providing employability skills training such as interview techniques and functional skills qualifications.
Skills Support for Redundancy is delivered by Serco and co-financed by the Education & Skills Funding Agency and European Social Fund. Contact at [email protected]
Skills Support for the Unemployed offers a flexible programme of employability and skills training, tailored to a person’s needs. It is for people who are out of work and helps overcome the challenges faced when looking for employment or an Apprenticeship.
There are a variety of programmes to help specific groups including, long-term, over 50s, lone parents, ex-offenders and those with wellbeing issues.
The online platform gives people access to free, high-quality digital and numeracy courses to help build up their skills, progress in work and boost their job prospects. Since the launch a month ago tens of thousands have started its digital and numeracy courses.
Local Further Education Colleges
Broad variety of qualifications, including vocational courses, apprenticeships, higher education, professional certificates as well as employability skills and community training.
A diverse range of courses and qualifications at higher levels including degrees, Higher National Diplomas (HNDs), foundation degrees and masters.
The Open University
Online Training Resources
The SEMLEP Growth Hub has compiled a list of online training and development resources available on the Training at Work Online Courses page.
Luton Borough Council: Skills and qualifications that can help develop your career.
The Passport to Employment Team is delivering a series of workshops to assist you on your journey back into employment. Their series of employability workshops will help you design an outstanding CV, prepare for interviews and help you improve your confidence. Their classes are delivered by our highly skilled tutors who will support and guide you throughout these workshops.
Luton Adult Learning has strong links with Luton Council's Volunteering Team and many who have completed Passport to Employment have gone on to volunteer, where they are able to gain a wealth of work-based experience and make useful contacts.
SEMLEP Growth Hub - https://www.semlepgrowthhub.com/coronavirus/
Information and links to the latest developments on business support from the UK Government.
SEMLEP’s Growth Hub Business Support team is ready to help and can be contacted directly offering a free service.
Sector-Based Work Academy Programme
The sector-based work academy programme (SWAP) can support you to create a skilled workforce for your business.
These provide a short period of pre-employment training, work experience and in some instances guaranteed job interview to support people into work via a specific job role or job sector opportunity. These are delivered regularly across a range of job sectors, such as Hospitality, Security, Construction, Business Administration, Social & Adult Care etc. DWP can even provide reasonable travel costs.
Fast Track Job Match is a local, personal package of support to meet personal and business needs around skills and employability
The service is available to residents across the whole of North Northamptonshire (Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough and East Northamptonshire).
Through our personal service and trusted local partners we offer a bespoke 1-to-1 mix of virtual resources and employment and skills support to help individuals and businesses responding to the challenges of the pandemic.
FTJM is a service for you, your friends and family who need to access advice to make the best choices in finding a new job, training and support, whether you are changing jobs, or thinking about taking your career in a new direction. From school leavers to anyone thinking of a career change, get in touch to find out how we can help.
Phone: 07881 234890
Email: [email protected]
Employer Help - https://employerhelp.dwp.gov.uk/
This site offers a range of advice to help businesses overcome challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether needing to expand rapidly, or making redundancies, advice is provided on the next steps and the best ways to support staff.
Virtual Jobs Fairs
Promoting local vacancies, employers the chance to post current opportunities on their social media which the National Careers Service will promote on their channels during #JobsHour
Serco - www.serco-ssw.com
Skills Support for Redundancy offers funded training to support businesses who are facing making redundancies.
Now available through distance learning, this can include vocational or career progression training such as gaining a relevant NVQ or accredited Leadership and Management qualification, as well as to provide employability skills training such as interview techniques and functional skills qualifications if needed.
Funded training, qualifications and networking is available to any small to medium sized business in the area facing difficult decisions.
Skills Support for Redundancy is delivered by Serco and co-financed by the Education & Skills Funding Agency and European Social Fund. Contact at [email protected]serco.com
The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment.
Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers:
Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021.
Further funding is available for training and support so that young people on the scheme can get a job in the future.
The Kickstart Scheme
The job placements created with Kickstart funding must be new jobs. They must not:
The roles applied for must be:
All applications should include how help will be given to the participants to develop their skills and experience with:
Guidance on making an application is available on the GOV.UK website.
How to get involved
Employers from all industries and across the private, public and voluntary sectors can get involved.
Local Kickstart Scheme contacts can be found on the Kickstart Scheme Employer Contacts webpage, on GOV.UK.
For businesses in Milton Keynes, the Regional Redeployment Service supports employers needing to make redundancies and those looking to recruit due to the impact of COVID-19.
Apprenticeships can develop the skills and train people in almost all business types and sectors, at all levels; from Intermediate to Masters; for all ages from 16; for both new recruits and existing employees.
In 2016/17, over 16,000 people across the South East Midlands area participated in apprenticeships. Evidence from the National Apprenticeship Service, show the benefits to businesses to be:
In May 2017, the Government changed apprenticeship funding. An Apprenticeship Levy is applied to all UK employers with an annual pay bill of more than £3m. If this applies to your business, estimate your apprenticeship funding.
Support for Small and Medium Business Support (non-levy payers)
Want to find out more? View SEMLEP's Apprenticeship Guide.
Supporting Careers in Construction, Engineering and Building Services
The Construction Leadership Council’s Talent Retention Scheme (CLC TRS) is available to help individuals showcase their experience and expertise and help businesses find the skills they need.
If your business is looking to:
A traineeship is a skills development programme that includes a work placement. The full programme can last from 6 weeks up to 1 year, though most traineeships last for less than 6 months.
Your business needs to be able to offer at least 70 hours of safe, meaningful, and high-quality work experience.
The trainee will gain English, maths, digital and work-related qualifications which can lead them on to an apprenticeship, work, further education or a Kickstart placement.
Potential benefits to your business
No cost (it is optional whether you choose to pay the young person a wage and/or payment for expenses such as travel and subsistence).
More information about traineeships is available on the GOV.UK website.