The new Birmingham & Solihull Young Persons’ Jobs Fund (BSYPJF) has been created for 15 – 29 year olds Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) in the Birmingham and Solihull region.
BSYPJF offers a range of incentives to employers to support them in recruiting people in this age range, including a wage subsidy of £3,500 (matched wage contribution).
By re-engaging this economically inactive group, the BSYPJF will enable them to enter the labour market. The BSYPJF will support young people to find suitable roles to get them into the workplace.
The BSYPJF can also be used to support young people coming off the Kickstart Scheme to look for new roles, successfully transferring the skills they gained through Kickstart to a new employer.
The aims of the project are:
- to re-engage NEET young people aged between 15 and 29.
- to reduce the number of young people who initially enter work from losing their employment.
- to provide pathway to permanent employment.
- to provide wage subsidies to employers.
In order to qualify for the BSYPJF applicants need to meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Aged between 15 (school leaver) and 29.
- Be NEET (unemployed claiming out of works benefits OR economically inactive).
- Meet at least one of the following additional criteria:
- 18-24 Longer term unemployed (6 months plus).
- From a BAME community.
- Have a physical or mental health challenge.
- A single parent.
- Not hold an entry level qualification.
- Live within Birmingham or Solihull local authority boundary on the date of recruitment.
Criteria for employers:
- Operate within GBSLEP area.
- Be registered with Companies House.
- Cap of 10 members of staff per business but larger numbers can be negotiated.
The BSYPJF project will provide:
- a limited amount of both accredited and non-accredited employer specific training.
- a wage subsidy of £3,500 (on average) for the employer (matched wage contribution). Please note that the cost of training will be included in the £3,500 grant.
- Support for young NEETs to find employment.
For young people GBSLEP will need to conduct eligibility checks for age, residency, NEET status, and find out about qualifications and any workplace needs.
For employers, GBSLEP would need to find out about the vacancy, check their legal status in Companies House, check previously received State Aid, and the employer will need to sign a contract stipulating conditions for the grant.
If you are interested contact us via email Young Person or Businesses or call us on - 0800 032 3488. A member of the skills team will be in touch within 5 working days.
What the project can offer
GBSLEP can assist any NEETs living in Birmingham and Solihull including any Kickstarters that are coming to the end of their employment or who have recently finalised their employment and are looking for new employment. We can enrol them in the programme and support them to find jobs (including apprenticeships).