Exciting new £1 million grant opportunity for Medway businesses

Published: Friday, 13th August 2021

Medway businesses are encouraged to apply for the brand new, £1 million, Additional Restrictions Grant Employment Programme.

Small Medway businesses that have been affected by COVID-19, are being encouraged by the council to apply for the Government’s new Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) Employment Programme to help them get back on their feet again, with the right staff.

The new programme will pay grants to eligible businesses who apply for up to five, pre-existing employment and skills schemes. The programme will assist employers in discovering and providing employment to great candidates, and provide much-needed employment for local people.

To be eligible to apply, businesses must be based in Medway, have fewer than 250 employees, and be employing a Medway resident over the age of 16. 

The different schemes include:  

  • Apprenticeships: £3,000 will be paid to an employer who takes on a new apprentice. The employer must be working with an approved training provider and offering a good quality opportunity. 
     
  • Supported internships£2,000 will be paid to an employer who provides a supported internship opportunity. This scheme assists young adults, aged 18-25 with Learning difficulties and/or Autism to progress in a mutually beneficial internship. 
     
  • Supported employment: £3,000 will be paid to an employer who provides a supported employment opportunity, in partnership with Kent Specialist Employment (KSE). This scheme offers specialist supported employment services for people with disabilities or disadvantages in the world of work. 
     
  • Kickstart retention: Employers can receive an additional £1,000 if they decide to employ a Kickstart candidate after their initial 6 months of work. The Kickstart scheme provides funding to create new six-month jobs for 16- to 24-year-olds on Universal Credit, who are at risk of long-term unemployment. 

The grant can be spent flexibly, and as deemed appropriate by the employer to assist with the placement. The schemes are available to apply for individually, without the attached grant supplied by Medway Council. 

Businesses can visit the website for full information on the schemes and how to apply.

We would encourage anyone who is eligible to apply

Leader of Medway Council, Cllr Alan Jarrett, said: “The past year has been challenging for both businesses and residents. We have continued to offer support to help ease the worries associated with the pandemic that many have experienced. I am pleased that local businesses can now apply for the new ARG Employment Programme, and receive grants for getting involved with the fantastic schemes on offer. We would encourage anyone who is eligible to apply for the programme while it is available, and to also look at our wide range of advice and support for businesses on our website. Medway has showed great strength through the pandemic, and I would encourage residents to support our local businesses as we begin to recover and get back to the things we love.” 

Find out more on the schemes, and how to apply.

Find out more about the support available for businesses. 

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