Coronavirus support: Advice and guidance for businesses COVID-19 Support

Employment Support

Check out the range of resources and support to help you through redundancy or help you business owner to support your 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.

  • Northamptonshire - Follow on Twitter @CareersEMids
  • Bedfordshire & Luton - Follow on Twitter @CareersEEBucks
  • Milton Keynes - Follow on Twitter @CareersSE

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]

TCHC - https://www.tchc.net/individual/get-into-work/skills-support-for-the-unemployed

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 Skills Toolkit - https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/find-a-course/the-skills-toolkit

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.

Local Universities

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 at https://www.semlepgrowthhub.com/training-at-work-online-course

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.

Phone: 0300 01234 35
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://www.semlepgrowthhub.com/contact-us/

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.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sector-based-work-academies-employer-guide/sector-based-work-academies-employer-guide

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

  • Northamptonshire          Follow on Twitter @CareersEMids
  • Bedfordshire & Luton Follow on Twitter @CareersEEBucks
  • Milton Keynes             Follow on Twitter @CareersSE

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]

Adviza - https://www.adviza.org.uk/services/national-careers-service/regional-redeployment-service/

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:

  • Apprentices boost productivity on average by £214 per week
  • 87% of employers were satisfied with their apprenticeship programme
  • 75% of businesses reported an improvement in the quality of their product or service by having an apprentice

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 Larger Business Support Levy payers

Support for Small and Medium Business Support (non-levy payers)

  • Get in touch: Our team of Business Advisers who can provide free guidance to SME employers interested in taking on an apprentice.
  • SMEs can also register with Apprentice Makers to see case studies and connect with other businesses to learn from their experiences:
  • We can also put you in touch with Apprentice Ambassadors from businesses who can talk to you about their experiences and best practice.

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.

https://www.trs-system.co.uk/construction