The first 39 applications to help young people into work have been submitted to the Government’s Kickstart Scheme.
Blaby District Council has volunteered to be a gateway for small businesses to take advantage of the scheme, which helps those aged 16-24 years old and on Universal Credit into six-month job placements.
The Kickstart Scheme requires businesses to offer a minimum of 30 placements, but through Blaby District Council small businesses in the area who are the backbone of the district’s economy can take advantage of the initiative.
Councillor Ben Taylor, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing Strategy and Economic Development, said: “The news of these initial applications is absolutely fantastic. We are incredibly proud to be a gateway for our local, small businesses to access this scheme.
“Being a part of this scheme will ensure young people at risk of long-term unemployment can access fully paid jobs, giving them the experience they need for their careers. Businesses taking part can also take advantage of a scheme which could be a financial lifeline during the current pandemic.”
Employers taking part in the Kickstart Scheme will receive funding for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum auto-enrolment pension contributions.
Businesses interested in joining the Kickstart Scheme can register with Blaby District Council’s Gateway on the webpage.
Young people looking to take part in Kickstarter can visit the scheme’s website.