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Kickstart Scheme update
Since the launch of the ambitious Kickstart Scheme in September, 120,000 Kickstart job opportunities have already been approved for young people.
We are now making it easier for employers of all sizes to benefit from joining the scheme, by removing the requirement to create a minimum of 30 vacancies in order to be able to apply directly.
Employers who want support to get involved with the scheme can continue to partner with one of our many Gateway organisations, which can help provide a local connection and the wrap around support for young people.
There are now more than 600 approved gateways covering many sectors and all parts of the country. With so many Gateways already approved, we have now closed applications for new Gateways.
Employers of all sizes and from all sectors are encouraged to sign up to the Scheme.
Severe Disability Premium (SDP)
The regulations to remove the SDP Gateway from 27 January 2021 were made in 2019.
From this date the current restrictions preventing claimants with an SDP entitlement from claiming Universal Credit (UC) have been lifted. Under the new regulations, those claimants may receive an additional amount of UC (a “transitional SDP element”) as part of their award if they meet the eligibility criteria.
The new regulations also ensure that should a couple separate prior to claiming UC both partners are treated the same when being considered for a transitional SDP element when making a new UC claim.
Free Disability Confident webinars
A number of webinars are available which provide practical advice on key disability employment subjects. These webinars are being delivered by Disability Confident Leaders: Do-IT, Seetec Pluss, KPMG and AdviserPlus. The webinars will be facilitated by Professor Amanda Kirby and are sponsored by Microsoft. Register through the links below.
11 Feb – 11.30-12.00: Practical strategies for effective and inclusive remote team working
18 Feb – 11.30-12.00: Supporting employees to return safely back to work
You can access recordings of all previous events on the Do-IT website.
More information about the Disability Confident scheme is available on GOV.UK.
Face covering exemptions
On 24 July face coverings became mandatory in shops, supermarkets, shopping centres and enclosed transport hubs in England. However, this is not mandatory for people with disabilities or certain health conditions that make it difficult for them to wear a face covering.
Free exemption cards and badges are available for those who may feel more comfortable showing something that says they do not have to wear a face covering because they are exempt. These can be downloaded onto a mobile phone or printed out.
National Apprenticeship Week (NAW): 8–14 February 2021
From virtual career fairs to factory tours, the week has something for everyone. You can hear personal stories from apprentices and employers, and see how apprenticeships can help to build the future.
During these difficult times, the week will provide a virtual platform for everybody to come together and celebrate apprenticeship successes, and say ‘Thank You’ to everyone who makes them possible.
Jobseekers can find out how to get the skills and training to make an impact in a business by visiting @apprenticeships on Twitter.
For employers, if you haven’t finalised all of your NAW ideas yet, there’s still time to take part. Supporter toolkits and NAW logos are available here.
Find out how you can get involved and let us know what you have planned now by visiting apprenticeships.gov.uk.