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Financial help offered to local businesses to recruit young people – FE News


A new fund for career ambitions of young people has been created.

Brought to you by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), the Birmingham and Solihull Youth Employment Fund (BSYPJF) offers businesses financial support to help young people gain on-the-job training and work-related skills. This can range from apprenticeships, internships and other on-the-job training programs that can lead to stable employment in the future.

Sarah Spiers, director of Everley Studio, said:

“From the Skills Service at GBSLEP, I was delighted to receive individualized support and advice to meet my learning and skills needs. My skills broker successfully matched me with an apprentice who now works in my fashion design and print studio. As a business owner, I understand how difficult it is to juggle everything. However, support and financial assistance, like this new Jobs Fund, is offered through GBSLEP. I would encourage businesses to apply now.”

Enterprises can apply now to the BSYPJF and receive up to £3,500 in wage subsidy to help young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) in the Birmingham and Solihull regions.

The one-off wage subsidy, to be funded by the employer, is a local economic stimulus to help small firms take on more employees. They will also have access to the wider support and full range of services that are available through the GBSLEP Growth Centre.

Sophie Drake, GBSLEP Board Director of Youth Affairs and Deputy Managing Director of Story Comms, said:

“As deputy head of a PR agency in Birmingham, we have a young team that brings real value to the workplace. They learn and develop their skills by working with their peers. This illustrates how important a business is to building a future career and why if you are a business owner you should consider and apply for this new funding.

“Our strategy for young people, You(th) Matter, published last year, recognized the huge challenges our young people face in education or work. The BSYPJF program will create opportunities for hundreds of 15-29 year olds to start or re-start their careers and fill a skills or employment gap in your business.”

Last year, Birmingham City Council Breaking barriers The report found that almost one in five young people in Birmingham were out of work.

Spencer Wilson, Head of Skills at GBSLEP, added:

“Thanks to our triple helix structure, which brings together local authorities, businesses, colleges and universities, GBSLEP is at the forefront of delivering targeted activities and programs to improve learning and skills opportunities for people across our region. The Birmingham and Solihull Youth Jobs Fund is an integral part of this year’s implementation plan, which aims to deliver inclusive, sustainable economic growth for all.”

Employers wishing to apply must operate in a GBSLEP area – Birmingham, Solihull, Cannock Chase, East Staffordshire, Lichfield, Tamworth, Bromsgrove, Redditch or Wyre Forest.

For more information, visit the website https://www.gbslepgrowthhub.co.uk/skills-service/young-persons-jobs-fund-bsypjf

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