I know a number of local businesses have already taken on young people through the Government’s £2 billion Kickstart Scheme.
Recent changes to the scheme mean even more businesses can now take part - giving more young people at risk of long-term unemployment a future of hope and opportunity by creating high-quality, government-backed jobs.
The Kickstart Scheme was announced last year as part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs. It allows employers to offer young people between 16 and 24 who are on Universal Credit a six-month work placement that is fully funded by the Government.
Over 120,000 Kickstart jobs have been created since the scheme was launched in September, which involves companies from a wide variety of sectors.
I’m pleased the Government has now made it even easier for businesses of all sizes to take part, and more young people to benefit.
From February, businesses can apply to the scheme for any number of placements, with the 30 vacancies minimum threshold removed so they can sign up directly. More information about the changes can be found here.
This is a fantastic opportunity for some of our local companies to help grow their businesses and create opportunities for our young people. I encourage companies in Faversham and Mid Kent to sign up.