When I circulated the last Norwich for Jobs newsletter, I could not have envisaged the seismic changes that have impacted on all of our professional and personal lives since March 2020. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a dramatic effect on society, businesses and the economy, which will be felt deeply for years to come.
You have supported the Norwich for Jobs project since its inception 7 years ago and we wholeheartedly thank you for this support. Back in February, we were proudly looking back to the huge success of the scheme in reducing youth unemployment. We had aspirations of placing our 3000th employee into long term employment. With the help and support of our committed Norwich for Jobs employers, we had halved the youth unemployment figures, from 2000 down to 1000. Now, with the fresh challenges posed by Covid-19, the outlook for youth unemployment has taken a significant knock and current figures show 1857 young people in Norwich receiving unemployment benefit.
We remain committed to the workforce of the future but we recognise that now is the time to focus on what support we can give to you, our employers, whose businesses have faced significant challenges due to the pandemic. The Government announced its ‘Plan for Jobs’ scheme with the aim of providing both opportunities for young people to get into work but also with financial support packages available to employers. There are many elements to the Government Scheme, which will appeal to and benefit a wide range of employers from sole traders to the PLC’s.
Norwich for Jobs now must embark on its next phase, to be of help where it is most needed, and we have three pleas for you:
At the Valentine’s Celebration Event, we asked for your ‘Employer Pledge’ to support young people. Now, through the ‘Employer Support Offer’, Norwich for Jobs aims to support your business, whilst continuing with our aim of reducing youth unemployment. The job creation schemes offer financial benefits for employers, whilst also being targeted to get young people into work.
Details of the ‘Employer Support Offer’ are attached and a dedicated officer, Rachael Powles, is on hand to speak to employers who are interested in discussing the job creation scheme or any aspect of the support offerings. Rachael’s contact details are on the attached flyer. I would encourage and implore that our Norwich for Jobs employers actively participate in this exciting new scheme. Please do make contact with Rachael to discuss how the Employer Support Offer can help your business.
The Norwich for Jobs team will be co-ordinating a number of ‘Employer Support Offer’ informative events over the coming months to engage with Norwich business organisations. Further details will follow but as a brief outline, there is a diverse and unique selection of employment engagement opportunities, backed by various financial support packages. These include:
· Kickstart scheme
· Sector Based Work Academies
· Work Experience (Virtual)
· Access to Work grants
· Industry Placements
In addition to the above job specific support offerings, we are asking our Norwich for Jobs employers to please consider taking a free profile page on the ‘I can be a…’ website, which informs young people of the nature of any particular job to aid their career choices. The link is below and we are aiming to have each and every one of our Norwich for Jobs employers on the website by the end of this year. Please follow the link to the website and add a free profile for your business:
If your business is advertising any new position or role, please do provide details to Norwich Job Centre so that they can work with you to find a suitable candidate. Please email email@example.com if you have a position to be advertised.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any queries regarding this next phase of the Norwich for Jobs project. Thank you for any action you can take on the Three Pleas. We always welcome your feedback as to how Norwich for Jobs can better support your business over the coming years, in which we hope to see economic recovery and growth for our fine city. Also, of course, do please let me know if there is any other support or information you might need, which I could help you with as a city MP. I am always proud to raise any issues or ideas from Norwich in Westminster, and keen to assist with any local problem-solving.
Thank you once again fantastic Norwich for Jobs employers for your ongoing support.
Member of Parliament for Norwich North