Bexhill and Battle employers urged to join Kickstart scheme

Bexhill and Battle MP Huw Merriman has called on employers in the constituency to sign up to the Government’s new Kickstart scheme.

Thursday, 3rd September 2020, 2:47 pm
MP Huw Merriman SUS-200430-125107001
MP Huw Merriman SUS-200430-125107001

The £2 billion scheme has been designed to help young people into work by creating government-subsidised jobs across the UK.

It is hoped the scheme will help 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 to 24, who are claiming Universal Credit, a six-month work placement fully funded by the government.

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.

The Government also pledged to pay the employer £1,500 for each young person they take on, and to support any training or associated costs such as 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.

Mr Merriman said: “The Government’s £2 billion Kickstart scheme launches today and I’m calling on local employers across the Bexhill and Battle constituency to sign up to provide Kickstart jobs.

“Young people have had a tough time as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and we cannot allow them to be left behind. Schemes like this will be vital for creating jobs and giving young people the skills to access them. It will also help local businesses who are working through uncertain times to take on talented young people to help their business adapt and grow.”

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak added: “This isn’t just about kickstarting our country’s economy – it is an opportunity to kickstart the careers of thousands of young people who could otherwise be left behind as a result of the pandemic.

“The scheme will open the door to a brighter future for a new generation and ensure the UK bounces back stronger as a country.”

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey said: “Kickstart is the most ambitious youth employment programme in this country’s history, with an unlimited number of placements available and a commitment by this government to pay every Kickstarter’s wages for six months.

“We are putting young people at the heart of our recovery by investing in potential, opening up opportunities and harnessing hope. Together we will build back better, come back stronger and look forward to a prosperous future. Employers should sign up today.”