Funded recruitment and development initiatives

There are various funded recruitment and development initiatives currently available to support adult social care employers recruit and develop new workers.

Skills for Care has created a document to give an overview of funded initiatives employers can use to recruit staff and grow their workforce. Download the Funded initiatives to help you recruit and develop staff document.

The pre-employment initiatives support employers to identify potential new talent while providing the participant with an insight into your organisation and the adult social care sector.

Find out more about the following areas:

 

Pre-employment initiatives

Traineeships

Traineeships are a skills development programme including a work placement. They allow you to get to know and work with young people prior to recruiting.

Who’s it for?

16-24 year olds (or under 25 for those with an education, health and care plan) who:
∎ aren't in employment
∎ are motivated to undertake learning to prepare for work or an apprenticeship.

Commitment from the employer to provide:

∎ safe, meaningful and high-quality work experience
∎ constructive feedback and advice to the trainee
∎ an interview for an apprenticeship/job in your organisation at the end of the traineeship if available
∎ an exit interview at the end of the traineeship with meaningful written feedback if no job is available
∎ minimum of 70 hours of work experience - but no more than 240 hours for benefit claimants - over the duration of the traineeship (maximum of one year) and as agreed with the traineeship provider.

Duration

Between six weeks and 12 months. 

Funding and incentives

All training costs are met by government funding.

Employers may be eligible for an incentive payment of £1,000 per learner, for up to 10 learners, to help with costs such as administration and equipment.

Training

∎ Work preparation 
∎ English, maths and digital skills support
∎ Work experience placements lasting between six weeks and five months.

Employer costs

No training cost – only a time commitment. Employers are encouraged to help cover expenses such as travel and meals.


Further information

 

Sector-based work academy programme

This programme includes pre-employment training, work experience placement and a guaranteed job interview to support people apply for jobs in a different area of work. They’re designed to help meet employers’ immediate and future recruitment needs.

Who’s it for?

People receiving unemployment benefits.

Commitment from the employer to provide:

∎ a guaranteed job interview by participating employers
∎ work experience placement – an opportunity for employers to identify talent and for the individual to develop their knowledge and understanding of the required role. 

Employer cost

No cost – funded by the government.

Funding and incentives

Training and administration costs funded by the government.

Duration

Up to six weeks

Training

∎ Work experience: on-the-job learning
∎ Pre-employment training: providing candidates with a learning programme, which could either be based on the Level 1 Award in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care or the Care Certificate.

Further information

 

Kickstart

The scheme provides funding for work placements which offer employers an opportunity to try out new talent and identify potential candidates for apprenticeships and/or permanent employment. 

Who’s it for?

16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit.

Employer costs

No cost - funding covers 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for up to 25 hours a week (for 6 months) including National Insurance and automatic enrolment contributions.

Commitment from the employer

∎ Supporting the young person to develop new skills and preparing them to move into permanent employment.

∎ The placements must provide a minimum of 25 hours per week and be new jobs and not replace existing or planned vacancies.

Incentives

£1,500 per placements for set-up costs, support and training.

Training

On and off-the job learning opportunities are at the discretion of the employer but should include elements of employability skills (e.g. teamwork) and support to prepare people for permanent employment.

Duration

26 weeks

 Further information 

 

Recruitment or development

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are genuine jobs allowing the apprentice to earn while they learn; developing the skills, knowledge and behaviours to be competent in a specific job role. They attract funding for recruiting and developing new and existing staff for specific job roles at different levels.

Who is it for?

Apprentices can be aged 16+; new recruits or existing staff

Commitment from the employer

∎ You must have a genuine job with a contract of employment long enough for an apprentice to complete their apprenticeship.
∎ Support your apprentice meet their learning goals.
∎ Work with your chosen learning provider to ensure learning requirements are met and off-the-job learning time is given

Employer costs

Wages: £4.15 per hour (minimum)

Training and end-point assessment costs:

∎ Non levy payers – 5% of training costs for apprentices starting after 1 April 2019 (10% before)
∎ Levy payers – funded from your Apprenticeship Service account, which is topped up by 10% by the government. If you don’t have enough funds, you just pay 5% of the outstanding balance and the government will pay the rest up to the funding band maximum.

Duration

12 months (minimum)

Funding and incentives

£2,000 for 16-24 year olds or £1,500 for 25+ year olds. This is incentive is for new employees and the apprentices must have started an apprenticeship between 1 August 2020 and 31 March 2021. Payment is to support an apprentice and can be used for wages, travel and mentoring.

£3,000 for new employees starting an apprenticeship between 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021.

No training costs for employers with less than 50 employees and apprentice is aged between 16-18 or 19-24 with an Education, Health and Care plan (EHC) or has been in the care of their local authority.

No National Insurance contributions for apprentices under 25 years on earnings below the higher tax rate.

Claim money from the Workforce Development Fund towards associated costs of listed adult social care

Training

Off-the-job training: 20% of the apprentice’s normal working hours must be spent off-the-job, to learn the knowledge, skills and behaviours to meet the criteria of the apprenticeship. This can include training delivered at the workplace, day release, block training or special workshops.

On-the-job training: 80% of the apprentice’s normal working hours must be spent learning on-the-job. You’ll need to give your apprentice training and support to help them carry out the job you’ve hired them for.

 

Further information 

 

Further funding for learning and development

The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is funding from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), disseminated by Skills for Care, for workers completing a broad range of adult social care qualifications, learning programmes and digital learning modules.

Find out more about the Workforce Development Fund and how to access it.

 

What's next?

Please get in touch with a Skills for Care locality manager in your area to find out more, including information about local projects in your area.