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Facing redundancy can be both a challenging and stressful time but there is support and information to get you through redundancy, as well as for business owners to support employees. The below provides you with a series of resources to provide you with support with finances, health and wellbeing, reskilling and upskilling and getting you back into work.

Government support and guidance

The government has produced a series of factsheets to support employers faced with a redundancy situation, as well as support and advice for employees with finance and support with finding new employment.

The Government has also produced guidance for people who were employed and self-employed and have subsequently lost their job due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Redundancy

Redundancy is a form of dismissal from your job and happens when employers need to reduce their workforce.

You can use the Redundancy Calculator to tell you how much statutory redundancy you can get. It's based on age, weekly pay and the number of years in the job.

You only qualify for statutory redundancy pay if you’ve worked for your employer for at least 2 years.

Find out further information on your redundancy rights.

Contact Citizens Advice for free, independent, impartial, confidential and advice.

Employment Support

There a wide range of sources to support you with searching for a new job. These include:

HOP - The Hertfordshire Opportunities Portal provides a one stop Skills resource to support employers, residents and students access a wide range of resource and support including details of current job and volunteering opportunities, as well as details of sectors currently recruiting. HOP also provides support for employers to upskill staff and careers and skills-related guidance and educational resources for students to make informed career decisions in order to support Hertfordshire with a pipeline of talent.

Find a Job - Job Search facility supporting people seeking a full or part-time job or even some temporary work during the coronavirus emergency.

Job Help - provides useful hints and tips for applying for jobs, as well details of critical sectors and the latest vacancies.

National Careers Service - Independent, impartial and professional advice on careers, skills, and the labour market from careers coaches to support application for job.

Kickstart Scheme – Fully funded job placement scheme to support young people and businesses.

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers:

Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021.

A Kickstart Scheme application must be for a minimum of 30 job placements. If a single employer cannot provide this many job placements, they can find an existing Kickstart gateway .

In Hertfordshire, Wenta are working in partnership with Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce and Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce as an intermediary in order for small businesses to be able to access the Government Kickstart Scheme.

Register your interest in the Kickstart Scheme.

Find out the details of the latest jobs at Stevenage Borough Council.

Developing your skills

Developing new skills, building on existing ones and acquiring new information and knowledge can help to secure new employment opportunities.

Skills Support for Redundancy (SSR Programme) - Businesses facing an organisational restructure or in the prospect of making difficult decisions including redundancy, can now receive funded tailored training support for their business.

The SSR programme ensures employees are able to access bespoke training and careers guidance and support to find suitable employment.

Skills Support for the Workforce - programme developed to upskill employees within small and medium-sized businesses in Hertfordshire. SSW provides recognised accredited qualifications and bespoke training courses to enhance your employees’ skills, increase the competitiveness of your business and boost the local economy.

Support includes:

  • A training needs analysis for your business, identifying the skills you need to support your business ambitions.
  • Flexible training – pick full qualifications or mix and match individual units to suit your business.
  • On-the-job vocational training to meet individual and business needs including taught learning, workplace assessment, distance learning and online learning.
  • Learning pathways for your employees enabling them to progress within your organisation onto higher level qualifications or apprenticeships.
  • Recognised accredited qualifications and training courses to enhance your employees’ skills.

North Hertfordshire College offer a broad range of Apprenticeships and courses for adult learners to develop and build on skills to support employment opportunities. This includes developing professional skills and retraining for entry into teaching and science related careers.

If you have been recently become unemployed North Herts College also offer some free short courses (Bounce Back and Kick Start) to help get you back into work, as well as online courses to support a skills boost in management, customer and business services and mental health awareness training.

SPS Training Solutions Limited offer a wide range of free training opportunities to get you back into the workforce.

Support for Employers

Sector Based Work Academies – support with recruitment, sourcing potential candidates and offer training course of qualifications linked to the individual employer needs in preparation for the interview stage.

English and Maths qualifications – supporting employers to improve the basic skills of its workforce.

Apprenticeships - offer opportunities to learn, earn and gain experience in a number of sectors.

Solveway Apprenticeships - offers a wide range of Apprenticeship opportunities.

The Skills Toolkit - Online platform giving you access to free, high-quality digital and numeracy courses to help build up your skills, progress in work and boost job prospects.

Voluntary work – Information on voluntary opportunities to help you get new skills.

Help with starting a new business

WENTA, a social enterprise agency, provide free business advice and webinars from an experienced team of advisors, as well as access to free incubation space and grants. You can get advice on ‘how to start a business’, ‘funding’, ‘cash flow and bookkeeping’, ‘sales’, ‘social media’, ‘website development’ and much more.

Stevenage is home to The Business & Technology Centre and Chells Industrial Units, both managed by Wenta on behalf of Stevenage Borough Council to support both new and growing businesses.

Financial support

The following can help support your income in any period of unemployment:

Benefits calculators for further information on the benefits available to you.

New Style Jobseeker’s Allowance

Universal Credit is a payment to help with living costs.

Support with budgeting and money advice

Budgeting and money advice can be found by visiting:

Get advice from CAB

Money Advice Service

National Debtline

Stepchange Debt can provide in-depth debt advice and set up a payment plan for you and deal with your creditors directly.

Christians Against Poverty provide in-depth debt advice and can set up a payment plan for you and deal with your creditors directly.

Housing Support

Our Housing Options team provides a free impartial and confidential service for people who need help with housing issues, advice about finding housing, rent or mortgage problems and preventing homelessness.

Please visit our Homelessness and Housing Advice pages if you are in risk of being made homeless and require advice and support.

If you are claiming Council Tax or Housing Benefit, we need to know of any changes in your circumstances as this may affect your claim.

Health and wellbeing

To access support from our partners to support your health and wellbeing visit:

Healthy Hub Stevenage

Mind in Mid Herts

Stevenage Wellbeing Centre

Citizens Advice

Free School meals eligibility

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