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Coronavirus (COVID-19) has made this a difficult year for us all. Young people are likely to be particularly affected as they try and start their working lives as many of the opportunities that they would normally have accessed have vanished.

The Education People (working on behalf of Kent County Council) works to improve outcomes for children, young people and educational settings.

One of the current main focuses is to work with businesses to ensure young people are prepared for work and that there are enough work and training opportunities for them. Some of the projects include:

  • Brokering between education/employment providers and businesses to plan and deliver a range of projects. Currently looking for business/industry volunteers to support the delivery of a pilot careers programme across a group of schools.
  • Supporting the Careers and Enterprise Company. This locally delivered government initiative matches school leadership teams with volunteers from a business who support with the development and implementation of careers strategies. Currently looking for senior business/industry figures to volunteer as Enterprise Advisers.
  • Generate more apprenticeships and training opportunities for young people.

Please go to to find out about all the work being done and to offer your help.

One of the biggest priorities at the present is to transform the way work experience is delivered.  The more experience of work and workplaces a young person has, the more likely they are to successfully start their careers. Due to the government guidance and restrictions in place for the pandemic, they are looking to deliver work experience and employer encounters virtually.

To do this, businesses are needed that can offer one or more of the following:

  • Pre-recorded videos/vlogs about your industry, the jobs available, and the skills that are needed (this include personal success stories from your team).
  • Live webinars/meetings that can inspire young people to join the industry, a two-way conversation between businesses and young people.
  • Assist with delivery virtual sessions to young people that enables them to understand the skills, qualifications and experiences required to succeed in the industry.

The hope is that, with business support, the young people can be given insight into the broad variety of jobs and sectors across Kent and help them make decisions about their future careers.

Benefits for business:

  • Raising the profile of your business in the community
  • Developing a pipeline of work ready employees.
  • Developing your own staff as they learn about mentoring and support.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss how you can work with the company further, please either call 03000 419 198 and ask for Meryl Marshall, or email

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KCC – COVID 19 Safe Training

Is your business looking for COVID Training?

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Kent County Council’s (KCC) are keen to support organisations within the KCC area reopen and continue operating in a way that is COVID-19 safe for themselves, their staff and their customers.

As the country continues with Step 3 of the government’s roadmap to recovery, it is expected that England will move to Step 4 on 19 July however the new COVID-19 variant (known as Delta) spreads more easily than the other variants that were previously most common so it is important that organisations continue to deliver their services in a way that helps prevent further outbreaks.

The aim of the COVID-19 Safe Advice and Training for Small and Micro Businesses and Not for Profit Organisations is to promote safe practice in the workplace by raising awareness and identifying effective methods of infection control.

Course Syllabus

–          Legal regulations and responsibilities

–          Risk factors for infection

–          A look at the chain of infection and transmission

–          How to minimalise infection risks

–          Why a risk assessment is essential

–          How to complete a risk assessment


To qualify for the free place(s) you will need to be a Small or Micro Business as defined by Companies House Or – Not for Profit organisations that are incorporated. This covers Charitable Companies, Community Interest Companies (CIC) and Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), must be registered on either Companies House or the Charities Commission with your registered location in the geographical area of Kent County Council (KCC) however if registered outside of KCC you may receive free training may be permissible if they can provide evidence proving your primary area of delivery is within KCC geographical area. Each organisation will also need to complete and return their Risk Assessment within 7 working days of their training session (one risk assessment required per organisation).

After Completion

Once we have registered your completed risk assessment, you will receive a COVID-19 Safe Advice and Training for Small and Micro Business and Not for Profit Organisations pack containing your certification of training, a booklet of useful information that contains useful links to free resources and a selection of posters to help keep you, your staff and customers safe. Book today.


The British Business Bank has partnered with the Open University, to bring you a range of free, useful courses – covering a whole host of business essentials – to do the same. The courses provide a rich source of vital information for anyone that’s new to being their own boss, as well as would-be business owners who are considering taking the plunge. Covering digital skills to bookkeeping and accounting, they’re designed to help business owners understand more about the key aspects of running a business – from the day-to-day to growing your venture. Alongside the business essentials, you can now find courses focusing on climate and sustainability, mental health and wellbeing, as well as trauma and grief.

Find out more.

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