Monthly Orbit – January 2021

Welcome to 2021 and may this year be better than the last one. Research by the CIPD has shown that 46% of employers plan to hire a young person (16-24) in the next year. Thats good news for those leaving education in 2020 as youth unemployment has been significantly impacted and likely to continue to rise more than any other age group

The kickstart scheme provides funding to employers to create jobs for young people on universal credit. Funding covers 100% of national minimum wage or national living wage dependent upon age for 25 hours a week for a maximum 6 month period. The scheme also covers employer NI contribution and employers minimum automatic enrolment contributions. For more details: scheme-grant-29-or-less-job-placements.

Mental health problems is the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK and accounts for 70 million work days lost each year costing employers £2.4

Early stage recognition and interventions are key to people thriving with good mental health in the workplace. And it all starts with awareness.

Mind the mental health charity provides elearning courses to help managers and employees to improve their understanding and knowledge. Another practical way to demonstrate your commitment to your employees mental wellbeing is to have trained mental health first aiders. And who better to train you but the St John Ambulance. They run a certified 2 day course which remains valid for 3 years before needing to have a 4 hour refresher.

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