An additional service to support apprentices who have lost their job due to Covid-19 and to assist them with finding new opportunities. A new online and telephone support service for apprentices who have lost their jobs was launched on the 1 August by Apprenticeships and Skills Minister, Gillian Keegan.
The new Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices (ReSSA) will enable apprentices to access local and national services that can provide financial, legal, health and wellbeing support. The service will also enable apprentices to search and apply for new apprenticeship opportunities across the country.
With the new incentives for employing an apprentice now active (from August 1st), employers are largely encouraged to take advantage of the new cash incentives, designed to increase the number of high quality apprenticeships opportunities, to kick-start young people into a career. The Apprenticeship and Skills Minister said:
“Covid-19 has had a big impact on business and the jobs market, and we know that some apprentices have lost their jobs or are facing redundancy as a result.
We are taking unprecedented steps through our Plan for Jobs to protect, support and create jobs, with a clear focus on ensuring people have the right skills to get into work and progress. This includes creating more high-quality apprenticeship opportunities to help get our economy moving.
Our new Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices will make sure apprentices who have lost their jobs can get the help and support they need to get back on track and on the path to a new career.”
The Department for Education encourages employers with apprenticeship opportunities to sign up for the new service to advertise their vacancies.
The ‘Plan for jobs’ to support the economic recovery of the UK and to support those adversely affected by Covid-19, includes a range of support from the Government, including:
- £111 million boost to triple the number of traineeships available across England – the largest-ever expansion of traineeships – to help make sure more 16-24 year olds have the skills, experience and confidence they need to enter the world of work.
- A new £2 billion Kick-start Scheme to create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country.
- £17million is being invested to increase participation in our sector-based work academies, to upskilling job seekers to fill locally identified vacancies.
- A Job Retention Bonus – a one-off payment of £1,000 to UK employers for every furloughed employee who remains continuously employed through to the end of January 2021.
- The Government is providing £111 million to support school and college leavers at risk of becoming unemployed to do a fully funded optional extra year of study.
- The National Careers Service is also providing high quality impartial advice and guidance to more young people and adults who have been affected by coronavirus.