THOUSANDS of job hunters applying for the government’s flagship scheme to help young workers have been left in limbo as employers are told to pull ads.
In July Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the £2billion Kickstart scheme, aimed at getting hundreds of thousands of unemployed 16-24-year-olds into work.
Under the scheme the government will subsidise the wage costs for young people claiming Universal Credit who are hired by employers for six-month work placements.
Employers should have been able to apply for the scheme this month but now some have been told to stop advertising jobs until a start date is confirmed.
Some recruitment sites say they have removed adverts and slam the government for not giving employers a date for when they can apply, reports This is Money.
Charlie Johnson, CEO of graduate recruitment firm Brighter Box, told the Sun they’ve been inundated with requests from job applicants.
He said: “We wrote a quick overview of what we knew about the scheme for our website and were subsequently inundated with loads of requests for further information.
“I’ve spoken with several employers who are hoping to take advantage of the scheme – some of whom are looking to hire tens of sales people on a 25 hour per week basis (i.e. the amount that the government will be funding these positions).
“But we haven’t run with any of the twenty or so requests we’ve had so far to advertise roles as companies are awaiting further news”
Kickstart was announced as part of an emergency package to try and limit the unemployment caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Resolution Foundation has forecast the scheme will help find jobs for around 350,000 youngsters in that age group.
A DWP spokesperson said:
“It’s fantastic that so many employers, like Tesco, already want to sign up to our £2 billion Kickstart scheme, and we’ll be publishing further details on how they can shortly.
“Until then, we urge employers to be patient and to not start advertising roles they want to be covered by the scheme just yet – there’s no cap on Kickstart places available, so no-one will miss out.”
Standguide LimitedDWP Commercial Agreement for the Provision of Employment and Health Related Services (CAEHRS) Supplier Framework Expression of Interest
Standguide Limited intend to tender for delivery of provision under the DWP Commercial Agreement for the Provision of Employment and Health Related Services (CAEHRS). As such, we are seeking expressions of interest from potential partner organisations to join our supply chain partner framework.
We are particularly keen to hear from Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Voluntary and Community Organisations (VCOs), although we welcome applications from organisations of all sizes and types. As part of our SME / VCO commitment, as a minimum, SME and VCO applicants will be provided with individualised feedback on their application.
CAEHRS has been developed to support the delivery of the Governments strategic objectives over the next 5 years to support individuals to access, retain and progress in employment. This is to support the DWP (and government) vision ‘To deliver a modern, fair and affordable welfare system that makes a positive difference to citizens’ lives by extending opportunity, strengthening personal responsibility and enabling fulfilment of personal potential. A transforming welfare system with service delivered in a sustainable and effective way whilst reducing costs and achieving value for money for UK taxpayers’. CAEHRS Call-Offs will include a range of support and provision that is designed to support and complement non-contracted support, for example Jobcentre Plus.
This will be to: Support people into or to stay in workLift people out of poverty through work and to progress in work Reduce dependency on benefits Allow and enable everyone to gain meaningful employment.
Standguide Limited have been delivering DWP provision for 30 years and are already a leading provider nationally for delivery of the DWP Dynamic Purchasing System.
If you are interested in joining our supply chain partner framework, please click complete this EOI and return it to email@example.com by 23.59pm on Wednesday the 15th of July 2020.
Charity and social business Catch22 and Australian employment company Angus Knight have teamed up to create a new venture – Jobs 22 and are now looking to establish partnerships from across the UK.
Jobs 22 will design programmes, using the experience of Catch22 and Angus Knight, to help those who face barriers to employment find work.
Angus Knight provides employment and training for individuals and communities across Australia. Their hugely successful work with the charity Life without Barriers, uses technology and highly personalised support to help disabled people, and those with injuries, return to work.
Chris Wright, Chief Executive Officer of Catch22, said: “Catch22 has a strong track record of delivering employability contracts and working with vulnerable communities to help them find work. This new venture allows us to take our local knowledge and experience in delivery and the expertise of Angus Knight, to help rescue the thousands of people who find themselves jobless in the current climate.”
“There is a great fit between the organisations; we share the same values and are absolutely committed to helping young people through this current crisis – and beyond.”
Angus Knight Group Chairman, Michael Hobday, said: “Angus Knight Group is very excited to be joining with Catch22, a well respected and experienced provider of services across the UK in forming Jobs 22. The UK is entering a difficult period where many talented people will be seeking a job. Jobs 22 will be there to assist and support them to quickly re-enter the work force. We believe that no one organisation has all the answers to getting people back to work, that’s where Jobs 22 will be different, it will bring together the strengths of both the for profit and not for profit sector to get Britain working again.”
Jobs 22 are now seeking to establish a framework of providers through our Expression of Interest that will help us to support the thousands of people who find themselves jobless due to the Covid 19 pandemic. As a response to this the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are creating a framework called the Commercial Agreement for the provision of Employment and Health Related Services (CAEHRS).
CAEHRS will run for 5 years and will be used to facilitate the provision of employment and health related services on behalf of the government and other contracting bodies such as Local Authorities across England, Scotland and Wales.
Jobs 22 are committed to working with partners from public, private and third sector who will ensure that our services recognise and reflect the local needs, priorities and strategies and meet the needs of all customers; whilst ensuring that we provide value for money to the tax payer.
All of our working lives have been heavily impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. Millions of us are now working from home, on furlough, or dealing with additional stresses and challenges in our lives, all of which can have a negative effect on our mental health.
That’s why at Remploy, we’re here to make sure we’re offering you the right support during this difficult time.
The Access to Work Mental Health Support Service, funded by the Department for Work and Pensions, is available at no charge to anyone with depression, anxiety, stress or other mental health issues affecting their work.
Completely confidential, this service provides:
Tailored work-focused mental health support for nine months (currently delivered remotely)
Suitable coping strategies
A support plan
Advice on workplace adjustments at home, in an office, or other place of work
Coronavirus support for employers, benefit claimants and businesses Following announcements in the Budget, we are making temporary arrangements for those impacted by coronavirus. Please share this information with your members, frontline workers and clients. Information about coronavirus and claiming benefits is available on Understanding Universal Credit.
For people already claiming support Special arrangements will be in place for people in receipt of benefits who cannot attend reassessments or jobcentre appointments because they are required to stay at home or are infected by coronavirus. Claimants who cannot attend a reassessment for Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit will continue to receive their payments while their assessment is rearranged. People who need to claim ESA or Universal Credit because of coronavirus will not be required to produce a Fit Note. When claimants tell us in good time that they are staying at home or that they have been diagnosed with coronavirus, they will not be sanctioned. We will review their conditionality requirements in their claimant commitment, to ensure they are reasonable. Claimants who are staying at home as a result of coronavirus will have their mandatory work search and work availability requirements removed to account for a period of sickness.
For people who need to make a new claim for financial support We understand people who are required to stay at home or are infected by coronavirus may need financial support. Those affected by coronavirus will be able to apply for Universal Credit and can receive an advance without physically attending a jobcentre.The seven waiting days for Employment and Support Allowance for new claimants suffering from coronavirus or required to stay at home will not apply, so it will be payable from day one.
Employees and self-employed people To make sure people in work can take the necessary time off to stay at home if they are suffering from coronavirus or to prevent its spread, changes have been made to Statutory Sick Pay and how Universal Credit supports self-employed claimants. People who cannot work due to coronavirus and are eligible for Statutory Sick Pay will get it from day one, rather than from the fourth day of their illness. We intend this measure to apply retrospectively from 13 March.Statutory Sick Pay will be payable to people who are staying at home on Government advice, not just those who are infected, this measure will apply from 13 March. Employers are urged to use their discretion about what evidence, if any, they ask for.If employees need to provide evidence to their employer that they need to stay at home due to coronavirus, they will be able to get it from NHS 111 Online instead of having to get a Fit Note from their doctor. This is currently under development and will be made available soon. Self-employed claimants on Universal Credit who are required to stay at home or are ill as a result of coronavirus will not have a Minimum Income Floor (an assumed level of income) applied for a period of time while affected.
Businesses The Government wants to ensure businesses are supported to deal with the temporary economic impacts of an outbreak of coronavirus. Employers with fewer than 250 employees will be able to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay for employees unable to work because of coronavirus. This refund will be for up to two weeks per employee.
This week Elizabeth Taylor, ERSA CEO, met with the DWP and raised members’ concerns about the possible impact of the coronavirus on the sector.
Points raised were:
Ensuring government guidelines on COVID-19 do not damage businesses within the sector
Cash flow implications and the vulnerability of providers if contracts cannot be delivered
Ways to keep cash flowing into the sector
Performance and outcomes may be adversely affected, providers must not be penalised
Removing obligations of face to face meetings
Self-isolation and attendance of both staff and customers
Voluntary provision and people not attending/ participating
The role the sector will play in future economic recovery
The DWP stated their intent to release a statement on COVID-19 and Employment Support Delivery in the very near future that should address ERSA members’ concerns, explain contingencies, and should reassure.