As the economy prepares to safely reopen, the government is now beginning the second phase of its response to Covid-19 with a targeted Plan for Jobs.
Bruntwood has partnered with The Growth Company to support customers in applying to The KickStart scheme which aims to help young people aged 16-24 on Universal Credit to gain vital skills and experience that will boost their employability
The Government is encouraging employers to take on placements by paying 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, in addition to National Insurance and pension contributions. If an organisation wants to offer more than the 25 hours covered by the scheme, they must pay the wages for the additional hours themselves.
There is also £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training. The organisation must either deliver this support and training for the funded placements internally or can outsource it.
Placements must be additional roles in the organisation. They cannot replace an existing role or those recently made redundant.
The Growth Company can assist customers making their application and guide them through the process of securing the grant funding, recruitment of the placements and on-boarding them. They can also provide the compulsory career support and training that is a condition of the scheme which costs £500 out the £1500 grant allowance per placement.
Applications are open until the end of December 2021. However as funds for the scheme are limited, it is recommended to apply early.
For more information go HERE
High quality work placements and training for 16-24 year olds. The government will now fund employers who provide trainees with work experience, at a rate of £1,000 per trainee.
The government will improve provision and expand eligibility for traineeships to those with Level 3 qualifications and below, to ensure that more young people have access to high quality training. More information can be found HERE.
Traineeships are designed to get people aged 16 to 24 their first job after education, and can last between six weeks and six months.
A new payment from Government of £3,000 to employers in England for each new apprentice they hire regardless of age.
In addition, there will be a new ‘flexi-job" apprenticeship that will enable apprentices to work with a number of different employers in one sector. More information can be found HERE.
For more information go to the Gov.uk website.