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Small Employer Offer Launched Nationally

The Small Employer Offer was launched nationally in April 2017 as part of the Improving Lives Green Paper. It has been rolled out to support smaller employers to create more job opportunities for disabled people and people with health conditions. Advisers based in Jobcentreplus will work with employers to create tailored in-work support for employers and their employees. The offer supports the government’s aim of reducing the Disability Employment gap.

As the Small Employer Adviser for Dorset, I will be delivering this new initiative. The Small Employer Offer is a unique package of employment support for both employers and employees; it is a voluntary package that has been designed to increase local job opportunities by promoting the employment of disabled people and people with health conditions; and support employers in becoming Disability Confident.

Disability Confident is not only about recruitment of new staff but is designed to support employers with existing employees, as a large percentage of people suffering from a health condition or disability experience this whilst in work. Therefore, there is a need to support Small Employers in a proactive and positive way, to help ensure they are not disadvantaged due to the lack of Human Resource infrastructure that larger employers have access to. The Small Employer Offer recognises the value of in-work support, and has introduced a Small Employer Payment of £500 to enable employers to continue to support specific employees and manage any on-going needs.

If you employ 25 staff or less, there are many ways you can utilise my services and I am more than happy to discuss this further with you should you desire. All support I am able to offer you is FREE and tailored to suit you.

 I can:

  • Dispel myths around employing someone with a health condition or disability – and highlight the benefits of employing someone with a disability or health condition
  • Provide advice on access issues and adaptations
  • Raise awareness of Access to Work
  • Highlighting In-Work Support (IWS) available to employers and employees – working with the claimant and employer to develop a programme of IWS, incorporating local provision and Community Partners
  • Being available to support employers, answering queries and resolving issues

There is an entire talent pool of people who have the skills and drive employers are looking for, yet this is not being tapped into due to the lack of understanding of the benefits of employing someone with a health condition or disability.

 To learn more about the Small Employer Offer, Disability Confident or any other JCP services please contact :

rachel.wood1@dwp.gsi.gov.uk                            01305 328046 / 07554 334740

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Dorset’s biggest private landlord has taken on seven apprentices this academic year – more than ever before.

They are all on day-release or at night school studying for qualifications in plumbing, electrical installation, plastering and carpentry.  DWP Housing Partnership has about 3,000 tenants and its maintenance team is responsible for the repairs and upkeep of the growing housing stock.  Through investment in its 110 strong workforce, DWP’s staff have received training and development opportunities that enhance trust and employee commitment.  Since formally taking on apprentices five years ago, DWP has seen the benefit of the policy with a stable and more incentivised workforce.

Steve Wells, of DWP which is headquartered in Boscombe, said: “We are investing in our staff and enabling them to gain qualifications because it is good for them and good for us.  With recruitment we try and employ local people and because we’re helping advance their careers they are more likely to stay with us.  Many wanted to go to college but didn’t have anyone to sponsor them so we stepped in – and the number of apprentices grows each year.  This policy creates stability and the new skills and knowledge our staff acquire are quickly shared among the team.  We’re not concerned with a person’s age and we keep our staff’s skills up to date with refresher courses.  Not only do we assist those in the maintenance team, but have helped others with finance and housing qualifications.  Our relationship with Bournemouth and Poole College is very good and we are reaping the benefits of our apprenticeships scheme.”

www.dwphousing.co.uk

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