Council launches fund to boost number of full time roles

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Small businesses across Lichfield District can apply for grants of up to £3,500 to help create jobs for up to five full time workers. 

To increase the number of full time positions locally, Lichfield District Council, working in partnership with Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) Skills Hub, has launched a Job Creation Incentive Fund. 

Grants of up to £3,500 are on offer to small and medium enterprises within Lichfield District for every full time role they create, with a maximum of five grants for each business available. 

The jobs must be filled by people aged between 18 and 25 or over 50, as these are the groups that have been most affected by changes in employment due to the pandemic. 

Councillor Iain Eadie, Cabinet Member responsible for Economic Growth, said:

“We think it is really important to help create more local jobs, and want employers to take advantage of our Job Creation Incentive Fund to help create new full time roles. 

“We have funding in place to establish 50 new full time jobs. I hope our businesses will take up this support and help boost our local economy, giving new opportunities for people to be in full time work. 

“This fund can help ease some of the financial risk in taking on a new employee, as well as help give employers the support to grow for the future.”

Helen Higson, Chair of GBSLEP’s Employment and Skills Board, added:

“Sectors ranging from retail and leisure to hospitality were hit by the pandemic and the lockdowns that followed. This caused many young people along with the 50 plus age group to lose their jobs. 

“Supporting and helping these people back into employment is a major part of the local economic recovery from the impact of Covid-19. 

“We hope this extra funding will incentivise local businesses to create new jobs which will make a big difference to someone’s life in the long-term.”

Find out the full eligibility criteria

Interested businesses should email Evelia Brown, Skills Broker at the GBSLEP.  

Published: 23 November 2021