Businesses encouraged to use new support packages to recruit young people

Worcestershire employers who are looking to recruit or support the future workforce are being encouraged to utilise the Government’s schemes for recruiting young people.

Back in April 2020, the Government announced their ‘Plan for Jobs’, a wave of new support incentives to encourage businesses to consider hiring young people in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown.

To help with understanding what these schemes mean, the Worcestershire Careers Hub has put together a set of useful explanatory documents which breakdown the key information and advice employers need to know. This includes guidance on the benefits of hiring an Apprentice, Trainee and the new Kickstarters.

All of these schemes come with financial support for employers, to recruit young people and develop excellent future employees through training and experience to build the businesses future workforce.

Alongside this news, there was also an update for employers who pay into the Apprenticeship Levy. To support other businesses locally during this time, businesses with an apprenticeship levy and have unspent funds are being encouraged to share up to 25% of their fund with other local employers to help with recruiting new apprentices.

This presents the opportunity for businesses to support each other with recruiting new high-quality apprentices, helping to get more of the county’s young people into work.

Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “This is a crucial time for businesses in the county and these are two excellent support programmes which can help businesses to build their future workforce with financial incentives.

“I would strongly encourage any employers who have been considering hiring using the Plan for Jobs schemes or if you are an employer who is able to offer some of their levy fund, to contact the below teams in the first instance.”

To find out more information about the Plan for Jobs schemes, visit the Worcestershire Business Central website here or contact their team by emailing info@business-central.co.uk

To learn more about the Apprenticeship levy and how you can help other local employers, contact the Worcestershire Apprenticeships team by emailing info@worcsapprenticeships.org.uk or phoning 0300 666 3 666.