A West Midlands entrepreneur has called for small business across the country to employ more young people through the new ‘Kickstart Scheme’.
Costing £2 billion, the Government’s new ‘Kickstart Scheme’ provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.
The UK Government’s plan to fund has new six-month work placements for 16-24-year-olds (as detailed in the video below) places a focus on giving temporary employees the experience and skills they’ll need to thrive in the workplace.
While all businesses are eligible, there are certain restrictions that any small business thinking about applying for the scheme needs to be aware of, such as the 30-job placement requirement.
Alex Sutherland, Managing Director of leading aluminium windows and doors manufacturer, Performance Window Fabrications (PWF), has called for small-medium enterprises to form ‘syndicates’ to meet the Government’s minimum requirement of 30 job opportunities.
Mr Sutherland states: “We are ready and willing to offer three or four young people jobs under this scheme, but that’s not possible at the moment as there has to be a minimum of 30 placements. However, the rules state that small businesses can make a joint application to reach that target.
“I’m calling on businesses across Birmingham and the West Midlands to join forces with us to form syndicates so that we can get potentially hundreds of people into employment at a time when they really need our support. The experience they gain, alongside the training provided, will help them to find full-time employment and build careers.
Sutherland adds: “The huge numbers of job losses caused by the pandemic have hit young people extremely hard and many may feel they have no hope. I think the business community should step forward at this time of crisis and offer them the chance of a better future.”
Sutherland urged business owners interested in forming a syndicate to contact him via email to discuss plans.