Could The Youth Employment Scheme Help Grow Your Business?
The Department for Employment and Learning has launched the Youth Employment Scheme (YES). The focus is on young people aged 18 to 24 with the specific aim of helping them gain work experience, develope additional skills and achieve recognised relevant qualifications.
The Department's Employment Service wants to work with employers to offer these young jobseekers the opportunity for employment through the Youth Employment Scheme.
The scheme is entirely voluntary and allows young people to undertake work experience and develop skills needed to get a job.
There are three main elements to the scheme with an extensive package of support available for employers.
• A short two to eight week work experience 'job taster' opportunity where a young unemployed person may develop employability skills and add to their CV.
As an employer you will not be asked to contribute to the cost of hiring the young person – participants will receive their benefit entitlement during work experience. A of £250 is payable to you to cover the cost of induction, health and safety equipment etc.
• A six to nine month skills development opportunity where a young person carries out a range of tasks or duties similiar to an employee, but with the emphasis on job specific skills training leading to elements of a recognised qualification.
This element of the scheme is available for sectors deemed to have the potential for future growth in the economy. relevant growth sectors for manufacturers include:
o manufacturing (including agri-foods)
o creative industries and digital media.
As an employer you will be expected to source and provide approximately 150 hours of training relevant to the placement. The Employment Service will contribute up to £750 to cover these training costs. There is no financial cost for employers offering opportunities as participants will receive £45 in addition to their existing benefits. Travel and childcare costs will be reimbursed.
• A generous subsidy of £5000 is available to employers during the first year of a full time permanent job offered to an unemployed 18 to 24 year old young person. This subsidy is available for jobs offered in the sectors deemed to have the potential for future growth.To avail of this Enhanced Employer Subsidy, the opportunity must include an element of skills training relevant to the job and an employer may claim up to £750 to cover the cost of such training.
What Employers' Say
"Homegrown has benefited from our involvement in the Youth Employment Scheme. The calibre, enthusiasm and talent of the participants assisted my business during a particularly busy period and this, coupled with the knowledge that as an employer, Homegrown was offering our young people the opportunity to get valuable work experience which will assist them in their future careers was rewarding. I would definitely recommend the Youth Employment Scheme to other employers."
Aaron Murray, Owner, Homegrown NI.
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