From Business Hive:
You may have heard on the news or social media over the last few days that as part of the government’s Plan for Jobs, a new £2 billion Kickstart Scheme has been launched hoping to create thousands of fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country.
The 6 month placements are open to those aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long term unemployment. They will be available across a range of different sectors and the first placements are likely to be available from November.
Employers will receive funding for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum auto-enrolment pension contributions.
In addition, you will receive a £1500 grant to use on set up costs and employability training and development for the young person.
The Job Centre will be sending work ready applicants for the jobs registered, but from the people that are sent, you as the employer will interview and select who you believe is the right fit for the role/s.
There is no requirement for you to retain the young person after the 6 months, and there is no limit to how many young people you take on through the scheme between now and December 2021. However, if you do decide to keep them on, there are apprenticeship options and grants you can access that won’t be impacted by Kickstart.
One of the criteria for the scheme is that an employer must commit to taking on a minimum of 30 young people. This requirement would have excluded most local businesses however E-Factor are stepping in as an intermediary. This means we will collate all the details from every business looking to take on one or more young people through the scheme, and apply on your behalf in groups of 30.
If this is something you would like to be involved with or hear more about, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ‘Kickstart Enquiry’, we will then send you a sheet with a few questions about your business and the role you plan to fill. You can also find out more by clicking on this link if you’d prefer