I want to ensure as many local businesses as possible that have a space, take part in the Government's new Kickstart Scheme.
The Kickstart Scheme is a £2bn fund to create high-quality 6month work placements for young people. Funding from the scheme will cover the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions. The employer can top this up further if they wish.
Depending on the placement and training needs additional funds may also be made available to help the individuals move into sustained employment after the 6 month period is over.
People aged between 16-24 will be prioritised through the job centre but anybody can apply for these roles. The company carries out the final interviewing. The jobs must be new jobs, not replace existing vacancies or cause contractors to lose employment. Charities can also participate if they have a genuine work role and are a registered charity.
If you hope to take on 30 or more new staff:
Visit the website below and start your application. You will need your Companies House reference number and details of the job placements.
For businesses taking on less than 30 new staff:
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org providing your company name and preferred contact telephone number, the job role(s) and the towns or these roles are available. A member of the DWP will then contact you to move you through the process.
If you are a young person looking for a job:
Check in with the local jobcentre to see which businesses are participating in the scheme and what opportunities and jobs are up for grabs.
Good luck and let me know about your experience with the process and the new hires!