Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered a much anticipated summer statement on 8th July which outlines the government’s “plan for jobs” to tackle unemployment post-Covid-19.
The statement includes a number of new policies and funding boosts for apprentices and skills ranging from work placements for 16-24 year olds and cash incentives to a third year of education to school and college leavers.
A new £2bn Kickstart Scheme in Great Britain will create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements aimed at those aged 16-24 who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long-term unemployment. Funding available for each job will cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.
High quality traineeships for young people
The government will provide an additional £111 million this year for traineeships in England, to fund high quality work placements and training for 16-24 year olds. This funding is enough to triple participation in traineeships. For the first time ever, the government will fund employers who provide trainees with work experience, at a rate of £1,000 per trainee. The government will improve provision and expand eligibility for traineeships to those with Level 3 qualifications and below, to ensure that more young people have access to high quality training.
New funding for National Careers Service
An additional £32m funding from government over the next 2 years will go to the National Careers Service so that 269,000 more people in England can receive personalised advice on training and work.
£101m for school and college leavers to return for a third year
Government will provide £101m to help 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.
A full list of qualifications available for the fund will be published in due course but it is expected to apply to A-levels in science, technology, English and maths, as well as qualifications in ICT and construction and will be for academic year 2020/21.
£17m to triple number of sector-based work academies
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.
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.