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Pre-redundancy support

Before you start making redundancies, there may be alternative ways to restructure and improve your workforce. 

Support for Business

Solutions for Business brings together and simplifies the range of support offered to businesses by Government departments, their agencies and local authorities across England. The package is designed to help businesses start, grow and succeed by supplying the necessary knowledge and skills needed to tackle a whole range of issues they might be facing.

To find out what support is on offer, visit the Solutions for Business website or call a Business Link broker on 0845 6 048 048.

Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) can give access to extra, more flexible funding to meet the needs of your industry sector. For example, there are different Skills Council’s for hospitality, construction, manufacturing or engineering sectors that can help provide more specialist advice to support your company.

Visit the Alliance of Sector Skills Councils website for contact details.

Voluntary and Community Sector

The Government have invested £42.5m in support for the third sector during the difficult economic climate. The funding plan is broken down into 2 areas of support; meeting demand for services and tacking unemployment, and strengthening the sector now and in the future. This will be achieved by these various schemes:

  • Volunteer Brokerage Scheme – up to £10m investment to help unemployed people get into volunteer work, creating over 40,000 opportunities for people to learn new skills and give something back to their communities.
  • Targeted Support Fund – providing grant funding to small and medium providers in communities most at risk of deprivation due to the recession. This in addition to the £130m already committed to Grassroots Grants programme, meaning more small grants to more community groups.
  • Modernisation Fund – a £16.5m investment to support viable third sector organisations to access specialist services in order to restructure and become more resilient and efficient in the recession.
  • School for Social Entrepreneurs - £500,000 investment to expand the school’s action-learning programme to support social entrepreneurs.

To find out more about the support outlined above, and other help available including access to income, investment, improving skills and pensions in the sector, visit the Real Help for Communities page in the Cabinet Office website.

ACEVO (Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations) have set up a Recession Support website to help charities and voluntary organisations. The website contains a range of guidance from funding and fundraising to mergers and management during the downturn, including advice on how to cut costs, recruit volunteers and how to recover after the recession.

Avoiding Redundancies

There are other alternatives to redundancy that may not result in permanent job losses.

  • Forward Planning
  • Buying or selling a business
  • Short-term working
  • Temporary lay-off
  • Offering a suitable alternative role
  • Advice for small firms
  • Transfer of Undertakings (TUPE)

Business Link helped Easibind International to plan ahead to avoid redundancies. 

For more information view the Easibind International case study.

Business Link Yorkshire is helping businesses to avoid redundancies by providing:

  • Free financial health checks
  • Innovation vouchers
  • A brokerage service to find reliable local training providers
  • Tailored packages of training and support
  • Advice on how to access loans, grants and subsidies you may be eligible for
  • Advice on reducing cost bases

For more information please visit the Business Link Yorkshire website

ACAS can offer specialist advice on redundancy and restructuring, including viable alternatives to redundancy. Visit their Redundancy and Notice section of their website for more information.

Consultation Procedure

An employer has to begin the consultation process within certain timescales by law, although it should begin with as much notice as possible.

  • Advantages of consultation
  • Legal Requirements
  • Disclosure of information
  • Failure to consult
  • Rights of employees and their representatives
  • Who to contact

Selection Criteria

An employer must be fair, consistent and objective in the selection criteria for redundancies.  There are specific guidelines you should follow as an employer.

  • Methods of Selection
  • Voluntary Redundancy
  • Unfair dismissal
  • Discrimination
  • Appeals procedure

ACAS can provide help for employers on how to manage their business during difficult times, whilst providing clear advice on the rights of both employers and their employees.

For more information on avoiding redundancies visit the ACAS Redundancy Pages and to book on to a ACAS course near you visit the Managing Redundancy and Restructuring section.

Sustain and Train.

In the current economic climate, some manufacturing employers may need to look at introducing ‘reduced hours’ as a way of maintaining their workforce. Sustain and Train offers employers the opportunity to pay their employees a daily training allowance, to encourage them to come into work on the non-working days and use this time to enhance their skills through relevant training courses.

Sustain and Train is funded by Yorkshire Forward and will pay the daily training allowance for up to 150 of your employees, for a maximum of 20 days.

The funding for the training itself needs to be sourced separately for example:

Please note that the Sustain and Train scheme will not support mandatory training e.g. health and safety.

You can find our more by contacting Calderdale College who are managing the Sustain and Train scheme by:

Or you can contact Business Link on 08456 048 048.

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