Skills Toolkit

A new online learning platform providing people with access to free digital and numeracy courses has been launched by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson. It is hoped The toolkit will help build up peoples’ skills and boost their job prospects while in lockdown.

Business Bounce Back Loans

The Chancellor has announced a new business funding scheme, available from Monday 4 May.  Called ‘Bounce Back Loans’ these will be for up to 25% of business turnover up to a maximum of £50,000.  There will be no interest for the first 12 months and crucially will enjoy a 100% government guarantee.  There are no tests of viability and the intention is that the money will get to business within a matter of days.  Applications will be via a simple online form.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/small-businesses-boosted-by-bounce-back-loans?utm_source=f5ee6541-125d-4fc6-8c5a-d1c8e662bd7e&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

Adult Social Care recruitment campaign

A new online platform – Join Social Care – has been launched to fast-track recruitment into the adult social care sector.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/adult-social-care-recruitment-care-campaign-launched-to-boost-workforce?utm_source=69371557-1a1a-4d6a-b8b7-84c688fb3129&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

The Growth Hub – Covid-19 Business Recovery Support

Eligible businesses can now access a fully funded one to one advice session with a Business Adviser through the Growth Hub Covid-19 Business Recovery Support. You must be a business based within Devon, Plymouth, Somerset or Torbay.