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College helps employers to recruit new talent through £2billion funding pot

Furness College is urging employers across South Cumbria to get in touch to find out how they can expand their workforce with a share of £2billion in government funding.

The college, which is the largest skills and training provider in the county, can help businesses of all sizes across all sectors to create jobs for young people through the Kickstart scheme.

The new scheme provides funding to employers to create six-month job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit. It can help employers find talented young people who are committed to finding a job and enable them to get back into the workforce.

Steve McAloone, Director of Curriculum, Technical, Adult and Employer Learning at Furness College, said the college will work with the employer to choose the right candidate, complete the administration process and support any training needs.

“We are the first college in Cumbria to be chosen by the Government as a gateway provider helping people across Furness and beyond to access the Kickstart initiative and grow their businesses. We are delighted that our expertise in this field has been recognised.

“We have a long history of finding the right person to match the needs of the business and our specialists in our business support team are on hand to help employers secure a share of this pot of funding and bring some new talent into their team.”

Leading companies, including BAE Systems, are taking part in the Kickstart scheme which was launched earlier this year as part of a package of measures to boost the economy.

Employers who deliver successful work placements will receive the following for each participant:

Employers can pay a higher wage and for more than 25 hours but the funding will not cover this. The scheme has an immediate start but start dates for new employees can be spread up until the end of next year.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will send the funding to the college as the Kickstart gateway and they will pass it on to employers.

For more information, email businesssupport@furness.ac.uk  or the government’s Kickstart website www.gov.uk/government/collections/kickstart-scheme

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