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You can access support to recruit an apprentices or work placement through our Workforce for the Future programme. Our partners will support you to:

  • Identify what type of placement, including apprenticeships, is best for your business' needs and where to find them
  • Access financial support to fund the role
  • Prepare for the role and recruit the right candidate.

Access to resource is offered by the West of England Combined Authority's Careers Hub, WTPN and our further education college partners.

Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme helps people aged 16-24 get on the first rung of their career ladder. The government covers 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week. There is also £1500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training. There are two ways you can apply for the Kickstart Scheme:

Employers can spread the start date of placements up until the end of December 2021. For help with the process, get in touch with your local Kickstart Scheme contacts. Employers entering the scheme must agree to the terms and conditions

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healthcare worker

“The [Workforce for the Future apprenticeship] levy funding was such a great way forward in allowing our team to develop their skills further within the Health & Social Care sector. It has been a hard time in our sector maintaining a safe environment for all our vulnerable residents within the COVID-19 pandemic, our staff team felt a sense of relief they could continue growing their knowledge to be able to support our residents and their families.”

JANE BOWMAN, GROUP MANAGER, ABLECARE HOMES

Our funding

Workforce for the Future has received £4m of funding from the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit this webpage.