COVID-19:  Support and resources for employers

Below you will find details on a number of questions that you may have surrounding recruiting and employing young people, apprenticeship information and more.

Use the headings below to help you find the information you need:

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

Click here for more information and to submit an Expression of Interest via Somerset County Council.


Read details of the latest incentive fund to support employers offering T-Level Industry placements here> 
You can find out more about T-Levels and other qualifications here>

For the latest details on the recent boost announcements for traineeships, click here >

For the latest details on the recent funding policy announcements for apprenticeships, click here >

For more information on 'Plan for Jobs' skills and employment programmes from the government including apprenticeship, traineeship and industry placements information for employers, click here >



How do I know what results young people will get from school and college now that GCSE, AS and A level exams will not go ahead as planned in 2021?
For information on latest plans for exams and assessments in 2021, visit the GOV.UK website

How will my graduate recruitment plans be affected?
Universities will be unable to hold face to face recruitment fairs. However, you can still use technology to promote your opportunities to students. You can contact the careers team at universities near you to discuss options.

Will they get their results, or will there be delays?  
Each University will decide on its final year qualification process and will uphold standards for students affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.



Can I still work with colleges and training providers?
Yes. All FE Colleges in Somerset are delivering learning. Training providers are staffed and can take enquiries.
Bridgwater & Taunton College   Richard Huish College  Somerset Skills & Learning   

Strode College  Yeovil College

To contact any other Somerset based training provider please contact the Dorset & Somerset Training Provider Network

Can I still offer a student placement?
Colleges and training providers will still require placements for students. If COVID-19 has affected your operations then you can discuss any changes with the employer relations team at the college or training provider.

I am no longer able to offer a placement - who do I tell?
If you can no longer host a placement please let the employer engagement team at the college or training provider know as soon as possible.

I have a student working with my company and they are worried about transport.
You can check the latest information on bus travel costs here >
You can also check here to find out whether the student is eligible for a bursary for travel or other study-related costs.



If you are concerned about supporting trainees or apprentices within your business during the current restrictions, please discuss your options with your provider. For local support, contact Marie Howard at Skill Up Somerset on 07395 796297. 

Skill Up can provide independent support to answer your questions. They are an independent team of specialists who will,

  • listen to your questions to understand what information you require
  • provide an answer based on the Government guidelines
  • offer options where required

For further information about changes to apprenticeships due to coronavirus, click here >



We will be supporting schools and education providers to continue to deliver education and guidance required by their students, including supporting their careers curriculum. If you would like to continue to engage with schools and students and have resources that you can share, please do let us know. 

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