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Local firms can register Kickstart scheme interest via Chamber

16 September 2020

Businesses looking to give young people a boost, via the Government’s Kickstart scheme, can register their interest in the initiative via Lichfield and Tamworth Chamber of Commerce. 

The Kickstart scheme was unveiled by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in a bid to help out of work young people gain employment, via six-month work placements which businesses.

Companies which are interested in having less than 30 placements can submit their expressions of interest to the Chamber, which is part of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce. The Chamber is exploring becoming a representative organisation for the scheme.

Representative organisations will apply on behalf of a number of businesses to reach the 30-placement mark.

The application will then be reviewed by a panel at Department of Work and Pensions. This is not a competitive process, but the Kickstart scheme will only provide funding when the job placements meet the criteria.

If the application meets the requirements of the scheme, the representative organisation will receive a letter with a grant agreement and distribute grant funding.

Candidates will apply for the job placements and companies will choose the candidates they wish to employ.

The placements need to meet the following criteria:

  • Six months in length
  • At least 25 hours per week (can offer additional hours at company expense)
  • Paying at least the national minimum wage through PAYE
  • Paying the statutory employer duties for the health, safety and welfare for young people, national insurance and pension contributions
  • You will need to state what support you will provide to young people to help them get work after they finish their Kickstart Scheme job (Support with soft skills, CV writing, etc)

The placements are fully funded by the Government, with employers receiving a grant of £1,500 to help set up and train the employee and a further £6,500 in instalments to cover the employment costs.

Chris Brewerton (pictured), senior business development and relationship manager at Lichifield and Tamworth Chamber, said: “Since the scheme was launched last week we have already seen numerous businesses contact ourselves, local authorities and other organisations looking for guidance on the initiative and  I’d very much encourage our members and local businesses across Lichfield and Tamworth to express their interest in helping young people within our district when the scheme starts in November.

"We know young people’s careers will be affected by the pandemic and as a Chamber it’d be great to see take up of this scheme high across our area and throughout Greater Birmingham."

The first placements are anticipated to start in November 2020.

To register your interest with the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce contact kickstart@birmingham-chamber.com to find out more about next steps.

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