Charity and local business join efforts to tackle youth unemployment in Horsham

Press Release   •   Jul 31, 2012 12:20 BST

Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) and Horsham-based company, Interior Concepts Ltd, have joined forces to tackle youth unemployment in Horsham by actively promoting the Government’s new Youth Contract for employers and jobseekers.

The Youth Contract is a £1 billion package of national support to get young people earning or learning again, before any long term associated damages can be done, such as becoming dependant on benefits. It provides employers with a financial incentive of up to £2,275 to employ an 18 to 24 year old from the Work Programme for a minimum of 26 weeks.

Interior Concepts Ltd, who specialises in design, development and installations of bespoke office environments predominately throughout the Home Counties of Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire has employed apprentice Paul Evans with the help of employment consultants at RBLI’s Work Programme Office based in Horsham.

Paul has relished the opportunity that Interior Concepts Ltd and RBLI have provided him. “The role is an amazing chance for me. I always wanted to do this and develop my career, but I never had the opportunity before as I was stuck in jobs where my opportunities were limited. I’m going to use this opportunity to learn as much as I can so I can potentially grow and develop into higher management.”

Colin Wells, founder of Interior Concepts Ltd, is pleased the Youth Contract has worked to his business’ advantage, “The Youth Contract is helping us achieve our long term plans and growth strategy as a business. The incentive to help with wages is a real bonus and enables us to employ people like Paul, and give them a chance at real sustained personal and business development. It’s a win, win for both parties.”

Wendy Wilmot, RBLI’s Employability Consultant who referred Paul to Interior Concepts Ltd is keen to work with similar organisations from the area who are thinking of taking advantage of the contract. “It’s great to work with local employers who are keen to help the younger generation into work. Supporting local people into sustained employment is a priority for RBLI and I hope that other local businesses will come forward to offer the same opportunity to other local young people”

 If you are an employer located near Horsham and would like to discuss the Youth Contract, please contact RBLI’s Horsham branch on 01403 211919 or email workplacesolutions@rbli.co.uk. If you are an 18 to 24 year old job seeker please contact your local Job Centre Plus. For general information about the Youth Contract please visit http://www.dwp.gov.uk/youth-contract/

About the Youth Contract

The Youth Contract is a £1 billion package of national support to get young people earning or learning again before any long term damage can be done.  It provides employers with a substantial financial incentive of up to £2,275, to employ an 18 to 24 year old from the Work Programme for at least 26 weeks.

 The wage incentive is available when you employ someone from 16 hours or more per week. There is a part-time rate (£1,137.50) between 16 and 29 hours and a full-time rate (£2,275) for 30 hours or more. The job still has to last for at least 26 weeks.

The wage incentives are primarily available to the private, voluntary community sectors and social enterprise employers.  RBLI will work with these employers to identify employment opportunities and issue claim forms when an 18 to 24 year old starts suitable employment.
More info: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/youth-contract/.

About Interior Concepts Ltd

Interior Concepts Ltd is an independent office interiors specialist. Established for over 14 years carrying out bespoke supply of office partitions, interior office design and fit out for client projects ranging from under £1,000 to over £500,000 within the private office, education, industrial & health care sectors throughout the Home Counties of Sussex, Surrey & Hampshire.
W: www.interiorofficeconcepts.co.uk/ T: 01403 820000 E: info@interiorofficeconcepts.co.uk

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About RBLI

RBLI is a Not-for-profit Charity that was established in 1919 to provide health and occupational care for troops returning from the Great War. RBLI continues to support veterans and their families, and in recent years the organisation has developed its client base to include people with disabilities. RBLI provides accommodation for approximately 200 residents, is a Welfare to Work provider for 12,000 customers and a well-established Social Enterprise based in AylesfordKent.

RBLI re-invests the successes made from commercial activities into charitable programmes such as LifeWorks – an innovative guidance course designed for the Armed Forces Community, to build on their existing skills for life beyond the Armed Forces.
W: www.rbli.co.uk T:01622 795900 E: Enquiries@rbli.co.uk

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