Employers in Beds, Northants, Herts and Bucks who are confused by the blizzard of information about funding for training, can seek clarity and signposting via The Bedford College Group.
As the region’s No 1 provider of work-related training, including that funded by a wide range of Government organisations, the Group can help businesses find the best route to source much needed support.
This ranges from Apprenticeships to the Kickstart scheme.
Don’t miss out on £2,000 on each new apprentice (aged under 25) and £1,500 for any over 25 hired before January 31, 2021.
This is in addition to the existing £1,000 payment the Governemnt already provides, and benefit of no NI Employer contributions payable on those under 25.
The Bedford College has apprenticeship candidates ready to join your organisation.
Kickstart can be accessed via the Chambers of Commerce. This element of the scheme is aimed at organisations looking to take on fewer than 30 young people.
It offers 100% of National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, six-month work placements for people aged 16-24 who are on Universal Credit. It also offers £1,500 per job placement for set-up costs.It will initially prioritise young people via Jobcentre Plus
Additional funding has been provided for traineeships to fund high quality work placements and training for 16-24-year-olds. The Government will also fund employers up to £1,000 for providing trainees with work experience.
Later there will be a bidding process to access funding for 19-24-year-olds traineeships.
T-Level Employer Support Fund
This scheme is to help employers to take a learner on a work placement. Up to £750 per learner is available. The college has target for 673 learners, of which up 50% can attract funding. As such £252k would be available to support employers.
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