SkillsZone is a partnership of organisations, including housing associations, Jobcentre Plus, colleges and voluntary organisations which can work together to support unemployed residents with training, work placements and employment. It also promotes initiatives to improve your work prospects and upskill.
Therefore EBC does not provide all of the incentives but can advise and sign post you to the relevant organization.
SkillsZone is a dedicated area to help people in the Borough to find available training opportunities and courses.
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Employers can benefit from having an apprentice, here are some of the incentives:
- £2,000 per apprentice (under the age of 25)
- £1,000 age incentive still applies for 16-18-year-olds
- £1,500 per apprentice aged 25 or over
- Payment schedule 50% at month 3 and 50% after 12 months
- Must be a new apprentice for all incentives – not current staff – employer to sign a declaration stating this
Find out how to apply here.
Transfer to Transform
Solent Apprenticeship Hub
- For SMEs (under 50 employees)
- Can apply for funding to cover 'employer contribution' and wider apprenticeship funding
- Levy payers can donate funding for other organisations to utilise
You can find courses here.
Employers will be offered the following for taking on a trainee:
- £1, 00 to take on a trainee
- Quality work placements for 16 to 24-year olds
- Expansion of this to include levels up to Level 3
A traineeship programme is a pre-apprenticeship programme and requires the following:
- A minimum of 70 hours (unpaid although the employer can cover expenses)
- Work experience (no more than 240 hours if a benefit claimant)
- Work preparation training – decided with employer and trainee
- Sector-focused technical or professional qualification to help prepare for occupational standards within apprenticeships
- Bursary funds for 16-19 and 19+ learner
Workshops from National Careers Service
Free workshops are available every month with the National Careers Service.
Offers from Eastleigh College
Free online Level 2 Courses: Level 2 courses are available free of charge to the vast majority of adults. They were extremely popular during the previous lockdown as people sought to gain additional knowledge and qualifications and a record number of applications are still being received.
The most popular are mental health awareness courses and exercise, health and nutrition awareness courses, while others included Customer Service and Organisational Management.
University access courses: Learners who might not have the formal qualifications needed to study at university have the option of six tailored access courses providing a stepping stone to study at degree level to enter a new career in an array of industry areas including teaching, nursing, dietetics, medicine, social work and more.
Professional higher education courses: Eastleigh College also provides full and part time Level 4 and Level 5 foundation courses and apprenticeships in a broad range of sectors including: accountancy, counselling, creative media and video games development, computing, construction and built environment, education, engineering, healthcare and human resources.
Free Eastleigh job club
If you’re looking to:
return to work or change your role
volunteer, become self-employed and/or start up your own business,
access employment training
Abri can help.
They've teamed up with SEHCO (South East Hampshire Community Outlook) to share advice and support to get [people the skills and confidence you need to successfully find local work opportunities. Together, we’ll help you find your job and support you with your application.
Fortnightly, every Wednesday
9am-3pm. Until February 2023
Wells Place Centre, Scantabout Room, Wells Place, Eastleigh, SO50 5LJ
Covid secure: social distancing and we encourage people to wear face masks if they can
Call 0800 432 0570 to find out more.
Programmes delivered by Serco in the Solent LEP region:
- The Skills Support for the Workforce Programme (SSW) offers eligible businesses in the region funded training courses to help them to grow and upskill their workforce. The programme is developed to upskill employees within small and medium sized businesses and seeks to provide recognised accredited qualifications and bespoke training courses to enhance employees’ skills, increase competitiveness of the business and boost the local economy. We work with the employer to develop a bespoke training programme relevant to their needs.
- The Skills Support for Redundancy Programme (SSR) is an initiative designed to support employers and individuals affected by redundancy. SSR is a tailored service to meet needs, offering a wide range of training support. A dedicated Partnership Coordinator will work with the employer or the learner to help identify the best sources of support and training to help them achieve their career goals and get back to work.