Help From Barnardos For Employers to Support Placements for Young People

Published

5th December 2013

Barnardo’s Works Tayside & North East Service located in Dundee is inviting local and national employers to support the delivery of their programmes by creating job opportunities and/or hosting work experience placements for young people. The success of Barnardo’s Works would not be possible without the support of partner employers.

Could you benefit from available funding to allow you to recruit an additional staff member? Barnardo’s Works is able to offer a recruitment incentive to employers that is worth 50% of minimum wage (up to £3280) for six months. This opportunity is available through the Scottish Government’s £25m Youth Employment Scotland Fund which is being facilitated in Dundee by Dundee City Council.

Barnardo’s Works is a delivery partner for the Youth Employment Scotland Employer Recruitment Incentive (YES ERI), a co-investment in young people with a view to helping businesses grow through investing in fresh, young talent. This funding was initially only available for small-to-medium sized employers (up to 250 employees) but it has now been extended to employers with up to 400 employees. This incentive is providing funding to encourage employers in the private sector to create minimum six month job opportunities (25 - 40 hours per week) for young people aged 16 - 24. 50% of the basic salary (hourly rate only, capped at national minimum wage) will be reimbursed for the first 6 months in eligible cases. This funding equates to approx. £1200 - £3280 depending on the age of the young person and their contracted hours. Funding applications for Modern Apprenticeship opportunities will also be considered and the recruitment incentive for apprenticeships will be calculated as 50% of the apprentice hourly rate for the first six months.

Please note that this funding is only available for job starts up to the 31st of March 2014 so employers should act quickly if they want to take advantage of this funding opportunity.

Barnardo’s Works is also a delivery partner for the Employer Recruitment Incentive for Targeted Young People (ERI TYP) - aimed at employers of any size who are able to create job opportunities for young people from the following targeted groups: Initially targeted at Young Carers, Care Leavers and Ex-Young Offenders but a 4th category, Disability, has now been added. This fund, available for job starts up to Dec 2014, allows employers to claim up to a £1500 subsidy plus there is also a small, flexible fund available for equipment and training costs.

Terms apply for both incentives. The ERI TYP and YES ERI funds can be used together if the jobs/young people/employers are eligible. Sheelagh and Harrison from Barnardo’s Works will be happy to meet with a representative of your business to provide more information. These funding streams create a fantastic opportunity for employers to engage in the local youth employability agenda.

Barnardo’s has been working in partnership with employers for over 14 years to deliver quality employability programmes for young people. The focus of Barnardo’s Works is to match the potential of young people with the needs of employers. Barnardo’s Works supports young people from a wide range of backgrounds to improve their employability skills and move towards work readiness.

Barnardo’s Works is a delivery partner for the “Employability Fund” programme – a ‘Skills Development Scotland’ funded programme aimed at ensuring ‘real life’ work experience placements for young people with a clear focus on key milestones and tangible, positive outcomes. Barnardo’s Works is delivering the Employability Fund at Stages 2, 3 & 4 of the Scottish Government’s Strategic Pipeline, and this includes the delivery of the “Certificate of Work Readiness” for young people on stage 3 of the pipeline. A core element of the ‘Certificate of Work Readiness’ is work experience, to enable young people to develop valuable employability skills; and to demonstrate to employers that they can turn up on time, can work with others and have the right attitude.

This all fits with the Scottish Government’s recruitment campaign “Make Young People Your Business” which is aimed at encouraging employers to invest in young people.

Whilst promoting the first “Make Young People Your Business” week in August 2013, Minister for Youth Employment Angela Constance said:
\"In my time as the UK\'s first youth employment minister, I have heard some wonderful stories from both young people and the organisations that have taken on energetic new talent. There have been some real success stories from all around the country involving young people who have made progress in employment, demonstrated their loyalty and value to employers and aided their economic growth. In order to truly step up our efforts to support young people into jobs, we need to paint a positive picture for those employers not yet sold on the benefits, including how a younger workforce will aid long-term planning.” (http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Make-Young-People-Your-Business-33e.aspx)

The Scottish Government is committed to supporting employers across Scotland to “Make Young People Your Business”. Further information can be found on Skills Development Scotland’s “Our Skillsforce” website.

Together we can make a difference to the lives of young people in Dundee. By hosting a work experience placement, you will not only allow a young person to develop valuable skills and experience for the future, but also enable them to develop their social skills, self-esteem and confidence. Several of our partner employers have utilised the work experience offer as a recruitment pipeline to introduce fresh, young talent in to their businesses, and we are now also able to offer the recruitment incentives to part-fund the creation of additional job opportunities for young people.

Contact Sheelagh or Harrison at Barnardo’s Works today on 01382 221944 to discuss how we can work together to benefit young people in Dundee and your business.

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