Lewisham Council and Jobcentre Plus offer businesses cash to take on Lewisham over-50s (From News Shopper)
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Lewisham Council and Jobcentre Plus offer businesses cash to take on Lewisham over-50s
BUSINESSES taking on a Lewisham worker from Lewisham aged over 50 could receive up to £2,000.
The offer is a new initiative by Lewisham Council and Jobcentre Plus to create job opportunities for older people in the borough.
To be eligible to apply, employment must be for at least 30 hours a week and last 26 weeks or more.
Businesses both inside and outside Lewisham borough can apply. Support is available to the private, voluntary and community sectors, and social enterprise employers with 500 or fewer employees.
The job must pay at least National Minimum Wage and be a vacant post that will not displace a current employee.
Mayor of Lewisham Sir Steve Bullock said: "Older employees often bring a wealth of experience and can help train and develop younger employees. They are usually extremely dedicated and highly reliable.
"While I will continue to encourage the creation of job and training opportunities for our young people, I am equally keen that we should do what we can to help older residents who still have much to offer an employer."
For information visit lewisham.gov.uk/50plus
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