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Redundancy support information

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Getting the right information when you're made redundant is essential. The Department for Work and Pensions has produced 2 factsheets to help you get a new job, improve your skills or find out about benefits you may get.

If you're considering self-employment or starting you own business, Rochdale Borough Council will provide information and support. Please get in touch if you already have a new business idea or would just like to find out more about self-employment or setting up a business. Contact us.

Factsheet 1 - Redundancy support information

Get details of where you can find another job, popular websites, help to find another job, what to do if you don't have internet access and more.

Download factsheet 1 giving redundancy information (209kb pdf)​​​​​​​

Factsheet 2 - What types of courses are considered for funding?

Eligible individuals can gain funding for training courses across all industry sectors. However you must be able to demonstrate that the course you choose is suitable, based on your skills and experience and will give you a realistic chance of getting straight back into work as quickly as possible. You can request training for a new career direction or self employment but again must be able to demonstrate your suitability for this option. If the training can be accessed in other ways then the National Careers Service or Jobcentre Plus may suggest that you take this route.

How do I apply?

Ring the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900 and request a face to face appointment to discuss your needs with a local career adviser. You should do this as soon as your employer informs you that you are at risk of redundancy and please ensure you explain to the operator that you are affected by redundancy.

Please note that if you have received this information at a JobCentre Plus seminar, this service may be available as part of a redundancy package of support delivered in your workplace.

The discussion

This is a career focused meeting with an advisor who will discuss your practical experience, current qualifications and career aspirations. They will draw up an Action Plan to help you to reach your goals. They can refer you to local service providers to help you draft or review your CV, fine tune your interview skills, digitalise your job search and access funded occupational training. If this training is not funded locally as standard, the adviser will also assist you to apply for additional Rapid Response Support funding from Jobcentre Plus to cover the cost.

Rapid Response Support (RRS) Funded Training

RRS can only support short, job focused training which provides a nationally recognised qualification. This excludes academic training and vocational training which requires a portfolio of evidence. The course must be designed to get you back into work quickly and should last no longer than 2 weeks full time or 8 weeks part time to ensure that participation does not affect your benefits. Once you have received written notice of redundancy this training can commence before or after you finish work. However you must apply for RRS funding up to 13 weeks before or up to 13 weeks after your redundancy date. If you have a job offer in writing, pending a specific qualification or a self employment business case, this will increase your chance of securing funded training.

Please prepare for the discussion

The more information you bring with you, the better. Below are a few suggestions that will help you make best use of the time available with the advisor:

  • Your official redundancy letter if you have received this
  • Your up to date CV
  • Certificates of qualifications, licences, apprenticeships including in-house training courses
  • Details of any courses that will help you to get back into work
  • Examples of  jobs which you have applied for or seen advertised recently
  • Details of job offer / business case that is conditional upon you completing this course

How lon​​g will the process take?

Some courses are readily available for immediate starts. However, there may be occasion when you need to decide between travelling a longer distance to start immediately or waiting a few weeks for a start closer to home. You will be informed about the progress of your application and we would ask you to inform us if you no longer require the training.

If you decide to source and fund your own training, please be aware that these costs cannot be reimbursed by The Skills Funding Agency or Jobcentre Plus under any circumstances. We are also unable to part-fund training courses.