Bore da / Good morning
I wondered if I might pick your collective brains.
Creative & Cultural Skills is leading on a SftF Stage 2 bid in collaboration with Welsh Government. The project will create 33 12-month training placements in the heritage sector over a three-year period. The trainees will be aged 18-24 and non-graduates who are not in education, employment or training. Each young person will be working towards an NVQ 2 qualification in Cultural Heritage. The trainees will receive a monthly bursary, and they will not be employed by the host organisations, but will be registered students with the training provider.
There are a few areas where we are currently seeking some guidance and I thought I would see if any other bodies have come across similar issues (and possibly have some answers!). Any thoughts very welcome!!
1. Level of bursary. This has proved really difficult - wanting to pay enough to make the opportunity attractive, but without creating possible tensions by paying the trainees more than the lowest paid staff in the host organisations. We have settled on £800 per month (likely to be tax free) for a 30 hour week. What are others doing?
2. We are very aware that young people receiving the bursary will see an impact on their benefits - not just Universal Credit but also housing benefit, tax credits etc. If they are living at home it could have a knock-on effect for the whole family. Other than advise them to properly check out the impact on themselves/families before starting, is there anything else realisticallly we can do?
3. We are assuming and are trying to confirm that the bursary payments will be tax free - HMRC has viewed them as students in the past for similar projects. What are other people's experiences of this issue and any tips for getting HMRC to advise/confirm?
4. One partner has asked whether the students should be subject to DBS checks. There may be situations where they are working with members of the public and even young people under 16. ANy advice on this?
Many thanks for reading my rambling post - again if you have any advice orr comments we would be grateful! I can also be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Llywodraeth Cymru / Welsh Government