Guidance for Employers
Are you an employer looking to recruit? Check out below some useful information:
Offering Work Experience
Access to high-quality work experience opportunities is key to bridging the gap between education and meaningful employment. At its broadest and best, work experience can open young people’s eyes to jobs they never thought of, help inform career decisions, offer a chance to prove themselves to an employer and help instil the attitudes and behaviours expected in the workplace.
The Work Experience Action Group has launched a new toolkit for SMEs to help improve access to quality work experience.
T Levels and Industry Placements
T Levels are new qualifications that came in September 2020, which will follow GCSEs and will be equivalent to 3 A Levels. These 2-year courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of the industry and prepares students for work.
T Levels will offer students a mixture of predominantly classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 45 days. They will provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door into skilled employment, further study or a higher apprenticeship.
We know businesses have been hit hard by the pandemic. Investing in skills now can help grow your business and ensure it is future-ready. There has never been a better time to hire an apprentice in Hertfordshire. That is why the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership are launching Hertfordshire Supports Apprenticeships to help:
- Deliver a diverse resident workforce fit for the future;
- Raise the skills and productivity levels of those already in work;
- Showcase the resilience of apprentices and employers during COVID-19.
Did you know?
- Training can be tailored to meet your business needs, enabling you to expand and upskill your workforce;
- There are now apprenticeships available in Hertfordshire for just about every job role and at every level. Whatever your size and sector, we’ve probably got an apprenticeship that will be right for your business;
- You can employ apprentices at different levels, from school leavers and university graduates, to people who want to further their careers or change career direction completely;
- You can hire someone new or upskill an existing employee.
SSW has adapted the delivery of its training provision to continue to support small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) is a programme developed to upskill employees within small and medium-sized businesses in Hertfordshire. SSW provides recognised accredited qualifications and bespoke training courses to enhance your employees’ skills, increase the competitiveness of your business and boost the local economy.
Delivered by Serco, SSW is co-financed by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund.
SSW’s network of expert delivery partners are now able to offer a wide range of funded training courses through online and distance learning. Making use of technologies such as; Skype, Zoom, webinars, online distance learning platforms and training portals, means that both new and existing learners can access training at a time and location that best suits the learner and the needs of the employer. This flexibility will allow ‘in-journey’ learners to continue their bespoke training package remotely, where feasible, and enable new-to-programme employers to reap the benefits of upskilling their workforce.
The kickstart scheme is a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high-quality 6-month job placements for young people.
It was launched on 8th July after the Chancellor announced the Kickstart Scheme as part of the Plan for Jobs. Funding available for each job placement will cover the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. There will also be funding available to support young people to develop new skills and to help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart funded job.
Through the scheme, you’ll be able to access a large pool of young people with potential, ready for an opportunity. We will initially prioritise young people aged between 16 and 24 who are ready for an opportunity and will be supported by their Jobcentre Plus work coach to enrol in the scheme.