ERSA Kickstart Report: Extend, Expand and Empower!

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Over the past 14 months, ERSA has mobilised a community of 434 organisations invested in realising the benefits of the Kickstart scheme.   Our Kickstart forum of experienced youth services providers and employability experts have worked extensively with the Department for Work and Pensions and Jobcentre Plus to support the implementation and delivery of Kickstart. […]

The sector speaks: Kickstart is working and should be extended

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Kickstart Key Messages Kickstart gives otherwise unobtainable work opportunities to young people. Feedback from employers is overwhelmingly positive. Gateways are driving up successful outcomes. The employability sector calls again for a Kickstart extension. A collective of employers and employment support organisations, brought together as a Kickstart Community Forum by ERSA – the Employment Related Services Association […]

Young Empowerment Fund: Funding for 16-25 year olds in East Midlands

Applications are open for young people aged 16 – 25 years old, who are based in the East Midlands to apply for a £500 bursary. The Young Empowerment Fund invites young people to think of an idea for a creative project that will help with their personal development, develops their skills, and shares their creative […]

Open letter to chancellor requesting extension to kickstart

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An open letter citing the need for an extension to the Kickstart youth employability scheme has been signed by leading members of sector trade body ERSA. The statement, published below, calls on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to extend the programme to December 2022. ERSA comprises hundreds of organisations tasked with delivering services to Kickstart participants. Almost 800 people […]

ERSA Kickstart Roundtable with the DWP

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UPDATE MONDAY 14 SEPTEMBER: Expression of Interest for Potential Intermediaries The DWP will be publishing a list of organisations who are interested in supporting small and medium size businesses and charities who have fewer than 30 jobs to offer is planned. The list can be used by this group of employers to find suitable intermediary organisations who […]

Our 8 core messages for the Kickstart Scheme

8 core messages for the Kickstart Scheme

This is a very significant – but one-off – intervention in the labour market.  It provides the opportunity to support the life chances of hundreds of thousands of young people who otherwise may be scarred by long-term unemployment, but also to drive forward a range of other government commitments – supporting local industrial strategies, delivering […]

ERSA Responds to Today’s Kickstart Announcement

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With the sector ERSA has worked on the response to make Kickstart a success – by developing Gateways, employment opportunities, wrap around support and building a community of good practice through our forum. Since September ERSA has made representations about the sector’s ideas to make Kickstart work – based on experience of  previous delivery, previous […]

Survey of care experienced young people – apprenticeships and the national minimum wage

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Learning and Work Institute is undertaking new research on behalf of the Department for Education, to explore care leavers views of apprenticeships. As part of this work we are running an online survey.  The survey includes questions on both reasons for doing an apprenticeship and barriers to apprenticeships, the impact of the apprentice national minimum […]

ERSA responds to today’s Kickstart announcement

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ERSA is seeking to clarify what today’s Kickstart announcement means for the employment support sector. With the sector ERSA has worked on the response to make Kickstart a success – by developing Gateways, employment opportunities, wrap around support and building a community of good practice through our forum. Since September ERSA has made representations about the sector’s […]