We are proud to be part of the Governments new Kickstart scheme, this is part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs which hopes to create thousands of new, fully funded jobs across England, Scotland and Wales. The Kickstart Scheme provides government funding to create new, high quality job placements for young people aged 16 to 24, receiving Universal Credit and who are at risk of long-term unemployment.

We are one of the largest local employers, so we will be involved in taking on young people into meaningful work placement programmes. We are also a gateway organisation for small local employers, supporting SME’s create placements. We are always looking for ways to Improve People’s Lives in our community by helping to support the local economy, so we are delighted to announce our involvement in the Kickstart Scheme.

The Scheme is a 6-month paid job placement, up to a maximum of 25 hours per week. Employers will be helping young people get into work and bring jobs and funding to the area or sector at a difficult time. It provides the opportunity for young people to gain valuable work experience, which could then lead to apprenticeships or other employment opportunities. Training and developing employability skills is also part of the offer.

Kickstart, which is due to run until at least December 2021, is specifically aimed at this group of 16 to 24-year olds providing a stepping-stone into their chosen employment sector, very worthwhile when it comes to finding employment during and beyond the current pandemic. 

Young People on Universal Credit can access the scheme and find out about local Kickstart job placements via their local Job Centre Plus. They can also contact their job coach for support.

For more information about the scheme check out the Governments webpage: www.gov.uk/government/collections/kickstart-scheme  or visit your Job Centre Plus office.

If you are businesses wanting to get involved please email us at Achieve@bathnes.gov.uk