£500 million Plan for Jobs Expansion

Hundreds of thousands of people to be supported as part of the more than £500 million expansion of the government’s Plan for Jobs.

Workers leaving the furlough scheme and unemployed people over the age of 50 will be helped back into work as part of more than £500m expansion of the government’s Plan for Jobs.

Those on the lowest wages will also be helped to progress in their careers and existing schemes targeting young people will be extended into next year as part of the new package which could help hundreds of thousands of people into work.

Helping those on the lowest wages

Starting April 2022, the Government is enhancing its programme of support for workers on Universal Credit to be able to access work coach support, focussing on career progression advice, and Job Centre Plus specialists are to work with local employers to identify opportunities for people to progress.

Supporting Older Workers to navigate the next stage of their career

Workers over the age of 50 are set to benefit from a new enhanced support package to help them to stay in and return to work.

This will ensure older workers will receive better information and guidance on later life planning, helping them make informed choices and supporting them to plan their career and remain in work.

For those who have lost their jobs, the funding will ensure older job seekers on Universal Credit receive more intensive, tailored support as they look to take the next step in their career.

The Government is also prioritising support for those coming off furlough and on Universal Credit through the Job Finding Support (JFS) scheme which provides online, tailored, one-to-one support for people unemployed for less than 3 months, including recruitment advice from a skilled adviser, support with CVs, and mock interviews.

The Job Entry Targeted Support Scheme (JETS) is extended to September 2022; providing tailored support for people who have been unemployed for over three months.

Supporting young people to fulfil their potential

More young people aged 16-24 and on Universal Credit will be able to benefit from Kickstart which is extended to March 2022 and will be open to applications from employers and gateways until 17th December 2021. Over 76,900 young people – an average of 3,600 a week – are starting new placements, and the extension will see more young people developing the skills, confidence and experience to support them into long-term sustainable employment.

The government is also extending its Youth Offer to 2025 and expanding eligibility to include 16 and 17 year olds in addition to 18-24 year olds. This provides additional support to unemployed young people on Universal Credit who are searching for work through its Youth Employment Programme, supportive Youth Hubs and specialised employability coaches.

An Apprenticeship offers vital on-the-job training and the chance for apprentices to earn while they learn. We know they work, with around 90% staying in employment or go on to further training.

The £3000 incentive payment is extended for every apprentice a business hires up until 31st January 2022.

PAYadvice.UK 4/10/2021

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