Worcester MP Robin Walker has thrown his support behind the Kickstart Scheme, to assist in youth employment in the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

As part of the government’s Plan for Jobs, a new £2 billion Kickstart Scheme will create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country.

Robin has welcomed the 6-month placements which are open to those aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. They will be available across a range of different sectors in England, Scotland and Wales. The first placements are likely to be available from November.

There will also be extra funding to support young people to build their experience and help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart funded job.

Employers 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.

Speaking about the initiative, Robin said:

“After such a challenging period for young people it is essential that we do everything that we can to help school and university leavers get experience of the workplace and their first opportunity to work.”

“I am delighted that alongside support for apprenticeships and investment in local career services the launch of the kick start program will mean more opportunities for young people.”

“After years of falling youth unemployment it is a tragedy that lockdown and COIVD have seen these figures return to the highest figure since 2010. I want to see government do everything it can to combat that and bring youth unemployment down giving people quality places in local business can play a key role in achieving this.”

“I hope as many employers as possible will contact the local Job Centre Plus, Worcestershire Business Central, the Growth Hub or LEP to sign up to this scheme.”

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said:

“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.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

For Robin’s previous statements on employment, please see:

https://www.walker4worcester.com/?s=employment

https://www.walker4worcester.com/?s=apprenticeships

For more information on the Kickstart program, please see:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/kickstart-scheme-opens-for-employer-applications