Latest Government Initiatives

The Government recently announced a set of initiatives to help employers recruit talent and secure the future of their business and workforce.
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As businesses start to build back, the British Government has introduced a set of initiatives and our team are on hand to help you understand how your business can benefit, whilst being supported by the Growth Company.
The incentives
See how these incentives can help your business now, and in the future.

Kickstart Scheme

High quality work experience placements


Receive £1000 for each young person placed


Up to £4000 available if you hire an apprentice

Job Retention Scheme

Find out the latest information about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for UK employers
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In addition to the incentives introduced above, the Government has announced a range of other investments to help the country throughout the pandemic
New funding for National Careers Service

The government will provide an additional £32 million of funding over the next 2 years for the National Careers Service so that 269,000 more people in England can receive personalised advice on training and work.

High value courses for school and college leavers

The government will provide £101 million for the 2020-21 academic year to give all 18-19 year olds in England the opportunity to study targeted high value Level 2 and 3 courses when there are not employment opportunities available to them.

Expanded Youth Offer

The government will expand and increase the intensive support offered by DWP in Great Britain to young jobseekers, to include all those aged 18-24 in the Intensive Work Search group in Universal Credit.

Enhanced work search support

The government will provide £895 million to enhance work search support by doubling the number of work coaches in Jobcentre Plus before the end of the financial year across Great Britain.

Expansion of the Work and Health Programme

The government will provide up to £95 million this year to expand the scope of the Work and Health Programme in Great Britain to introduce additional voluntary support in the autumn for those on benefits that have been unemployed for more than 3 months. This expansion will have no impact on the existing provision for those with illnesses or disabilities in England and Wales.

Job finding support service

The government will provide £40 million to fund private sector capacity to introduce a job finding support service in Great Britain in the autumn. This online, one-to-one service will help those who have been unemployed for less than three months increase their chances of finding employment.

Flexible Support Fund

The government will increase the funding for the Flexible Support Fund by £150 million in Great Britain, including to increase the capacity of the Rapid Response Service. It will also provide local support to claimants by removing barriers to work such as travel expenses for attending interviews.

New funding for sector-based work academies

The government will provide an additional £17 million this year to triple the number of sector-based work academy placements in England in order to provide vocational training and guaranteed interviews for more people, helping them gain the skills needed for the jobs available in their local area.

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