By Leah Conway
Kickstart is a new scheme that supports young people with job placement opportunities. Kirklees local businesses will be funded to provide opportunities to over 100 young people in Kirklees. The scheme is for young people aged 16- 24 who are at risk of long term unemployment.
What Will the Scheme Offer?
Through the scheme, the local businesses will have easier access to funding and support. This will create more employment opportunities for the district.
For young people, the scheme will support eligible job seekers with relevant job placement opportunities. The job placements will be on national minimum wage for 25 hours per week over a period of six months.
In addition, people will gain training, new skills, and employability advise through the Careers Boost Programme delivered by C&K Careers.
Who is eligible?
The Kickstart scheme will support 16 to 24-year-olds. To be eligible young people must be e claiming Universal credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.
On the other hand, any business interested can get involved in the Kickstart placement and register their interest online.
56 businesses to create over 100 work placements
Councillor Peter McBride, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “It’s fantastic we’ve been able to support businesses with the Kickstart Scheme. I’m very proud to be helping young people access opportunities that will help them meet their full potential in the employment market.
“We’re currently supporting 56 businesses to create over 100 work placements for local young people who may be finding it difficult to secure employment. This figure will continue to rise as private, public and voluntary sector businesses take advantage of the scheme and all it has to offer.
“The benefits of these placements are clear. Young people get a wage, work experience, improved confidence and training to equip them with the skills they need for employment. This gives them the best possible chance of moving into apprenticeships or jobs in the longer term.
“Businesses benefit from tapping into the wealth of enthusiasm that young people can bring to the workplace, and some could potentially be looking at their next employee once their placement comes to an end.”
Lastly, for more information on the Kickstart scheme, you can go to www.kirklees.gov.uk/kickstart