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Could your Business benefit from the new Government 'Kickstart' Young Person's Employment Scheme with the help of the FSB?

The 'Kickstart' Scheme provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

This is part of the government’s Plan for Jobs and aims to create hundreds and thousands of new, fully funded jobs across England, Scotland and Wales. The first placements are likely to be available from November. Funding will cover for each job placement:

-100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
-the associated employer National Insurance contributions
-employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

There will also be extra funding to support young people to build their experience and help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart Scheme funded job.

The ONS’s latest release shows the need for Kickstart. Employment of those aged 16 to 24 years decreased in the last quarter by 156,000 people, while unemployment in the same age group increased by 76,000 since the same point last year. The largest
increases are in those unemployed for up to six months.

The claimant count for those receiving unemployment benefits has risen since March by 120.8% - 1.5 million people – to 2.7 million people.

The FSB have teamed up with Adecco Working Ventures to help small firms access the government’s Kickstart Scheme and urges small employers to apply now to create Kickstart roles from November to help tackle the looming rise in young people’s unemployment.

Together, the FSB & Adecco Working Ventures will form a new national gateway and intermediary partner for the UK Government’s new Kickstart Scheme, which covers England, Scotland and Wales.

FSB will also be delivering a regional programme of webinars and other resources to encourage, inspire and help small businesses to get involved and make the most of the new Scheme.

Alongside local authorities, business organisations and the voluntary sector, the FSB is also calling for a diversity of intermediary providers at local level. This way, any small business wishing to create one or two roles will have a choice of good-quality providers to deliver the important wrap-around support services that these young people are going to need. Small firms are ready to step up and contribute jobs for our young people, whose livelihoods are now threatened by COVID-19.

Small employers in England, Scotland and Wales who are keen to offer a Kickstart role to a young person can now register at

By Martin White from Supply My Business, 1 month ago.

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