COVID-19 business support and information

Work and training support

Find out how we and the government are supporting residents into work and training, including those who are 16 to 25 years old and people affected by redundancy.

The government is offering a range of programmes to help employers hire new employees or offer work experience, through apprenticeships, traineeships, industry placements and sector-based work academies.

Along with key partners within the borough and across London, we're providing support for jobs and training in the following ways:

Job and career support for adults of all ages

Southwark Works is a free employment support service for anyone living in Southwark and for businesses looking to recruit.

The Job Entry Targeted Support programme aims to help anyone who has recently become unemployed return to work with the support of a dedicated employment coach. Residents must be registered with Jobcentre Plus and referred to the programme by their Jobcentre Plus Work Coach.

Kickstart Scheme Gateway work placements for 16 to 24 year olds

We're part of the Better Placed Kickstart Gateway with Lambeth and Lewisham councils. The scheme facilitates work placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit under the government’s Kickstart Scheme.

The government scheme covers the salaries at the national minimum wage for 25 hours per week for six months. It will provide an additional £1,500 per placement towards support costs for the placement.

If you can offer a young person a skilled job with formal training, read the London Councils’ and the Greater London Authority’s Kickstart placement guide. It covers what you should think about as an employer when creating your Kickstart placement.

How to apply for the Kickstart work placement grants scheme

You can apply for a Kickstart work placement grant from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). You can also apply for a grant by completing our Better Placed Kickstart Gateway survey.

All jobs offered must be new. They must not replace existing furloughed staff or replace roles that have been subject to redundancy. Your business can be in the private, public or voluntary sector.

Support to help you get your Kickstart placement approved

To have a placement approved by the DWP, you need to have a comprehensive employability support package in place. Many small organisations don’t have the resources to help a young person build their skills and progress into further employment. We can support you with the application process and managing the placement. As a Gateway, we'll provide this at-cost to local employers, in order to support the creation of high-quality employment opportunities.

Job and career support for 16 to 25 year olds

We're linking young people in the borough with local opportunities to help them achieve a bright future. The initiative promotes opportunities available to 16 to 25 year olds in Southwark to help support them into employment and training. Sign up to get jobs, training, career support and more by email.

Page last updated: 19 July 2021

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