JCP to host South Yorks Job Fair online on Tues 20 Oct

A virtual job fair is being organised by Jobcentre Plus for the afternoon of Tuesday 20 October. The event – which will take place online using the hashtag #SYJobsFair – will showcase vacancies currently available in South Yorkshire. Jobcentre Plus will be advertising roles between 3pm and 5pm; local employers can also join in by…

DWP: Touchbase – 2 October 2020

Roundup of recent DWP announcements Expansion of education and training to all over 18s This week the Prime Minister announced a major expansion of post-18 education and training to prepare workers for the post-COVID economy. This includes a Lifetime Skills Guarantee to give adults the chance to take free college courses valued by employers. It…

DWP: Coronavirus Touchbase special – 25 September 2020

Roundup of recent DWP announcements Kickstart Scheme gateways list If your organisation or one of your members would like to take part in the Kickstart Scheme but have fewer than 30 placements to offer, DWP has published further advice together with a list of organisations across England, Scotland and Wales that have expressed interest in…

Employer guidance for applying for Kickstart Scheme – Sheffield

KICKSTART SCHEME VIA SHEFFIELD PARTNERSHIP FOR JOBS AND SKILLS Why apply through this Consortium? “The Sheffield Partnership for Jobs and Skills” has been brought together to provide support to Businesses in Sheffield in a “joined up” effort to aid COVID-19 business recovery in regard local Employment and Skills. It is made up of: Sheffield Chamber…

DWP: Coronavirus Touchbase special – 18 September 2020

Roundup of recent DWP announcements Pension Awareness Week This week DWP supported Pensions Awareness Week to provide advice for people on understanding pensions and planning for retirement. You can direct people to information and advice on planning for retirement at GOV.UK. Updated PIP Assessment Guidance PIP Assessment Guidance (PIPAG) has been updated, from 17 September,…

DWP: Coronavirus Touchbase special – 11 September 2020

Roundup of recent DWP announcements Work Coach vacancies live As part of our ongoing commitment to support the economy and help Britain back to work, thousands of new Work Coach vacancies are now live. The department is doubling the number of front line workers who support people into jobs. Sector-based Work Academy Programmes (SWAPs) updated…

Kickstart Scheme launches to fund work placements for 16-24yos

By the Department for Work and Pensions As part of the government’s Plan for Jobs, a new £2 billion Kickstart Scheme will create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country. The 6 month placements are open to those aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit and at risk of…

DWP: Coronavirus Touchbase special – 1 September 2020

Roundup of recent DWP announcements Taking action on climate risk: improving governance and reporting by occupational pension schemes This week the consultation ‘Taking action on climate risk: improving governance and reporting by occupational pension schemes’ was launched. The proposals in this consultation will ensure trustees are legally required to assess and report on the financial…

DWP: Coronavirus Touchbase special – 21 August 2020

Roundup of recent DWP announcements New help on offer from Access to Work The Access to Work scheme has been extended to offer new help for disabled people working from home during the coronavirus pandemic. The extension to the scheme means that: Disabled people can now benefit from financial support to work from home. People…

DWP: Coronavirus Touchbase special – 31 July 2020

Roundup of recent DWP announcements Shielding and Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) update Individuals who are clinically extremely vulnerable will no longer be required to shield from 1 August. This means those who are unable to work from home but can work on site should do so, providing the workplace is COVID-safe. Employers are encouraged to…

DWP: Coronavirus Touchbase special – 24 July 2020

Roundup of recent DWP announcements Run-on of legacy benefits introduced for new Universal Credit claimants On 22 July, we introduced a run-on of legacy benefits for those moving to Universal Credit, to provide them with extra support. This means if someone’s existing claim of income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or…