Treasury Minister and local MP Kemi Badenoch has welcomed the Government’s landmark new Kickstart scheme and called on local employers to sign up and help young people into work to mark the opening of the initiative.
The £2 billion scheme has been designed to ensure young people at risk of long-term unemployment have a future of opportunity and hope by creating quality, government-subsidised jobs across the UK, helping to spur the country’s economic recovery after the coronavirus pandemic.
Under the scheme, announced in June as part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs, employers that sign up will be able to offer youngsters aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit a six-month work placement that is fully funded by the government.
This means the Government will pay 100 per cent of the young persons’ age-relevant National Minimum Wage, National Insurance and pension contributions for 25 hours a week, which the employer can top up if they chose to. In addition, the Government will also pay the employer £1500 for each young person they take on, to support any training or associated costs like uniforms that they might incur when setting up the scheme.
The scheme will initially be open until December 2021, but there is the option for it to be extended. Young people will be referred into the new roles through their Jobcentre Plus work coach with the first Kickstarts expected to begin at the start of November.
Commenting, Mrs Badenoch said:
“Now the Government’s £2 billion Kickstart scheme has launched, I’m calling on local employers across the Saffron Walden constituency to sign up to provide Kickstart jobs.
“We cannot allow young people to be left behind as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and schemes like this will be vital for creating jobs and giving young people the skills to access them. Many local businesses have successfully employed apprentices and graduates to offer great opportunities for young people in our towns and villages.
“As a Treasury Minister I know the Government is committed to supporting young people by putting them at the heart of its plans to build back stronger after the pandemic, and I hope young people across our constituency will benefit from this scheme.”