At a time when we are all struggling to find things to be positive about, Atwood Tate is delighted to be supporting the government’s Kickstart Scheme, which could really make a difference to young people’s futures.
We wanted to get involved in promoting the scheme and facilitating its reach after speaking to many young people whose lack of prospects and fears of long-term unemployment were very real. We were keen to do something practical to try to offer them more hope. Getting your first break within our industry has never been easy and with many fewer opportunities being made available, it was looking quite hopeless for many of the young people we were speaking to.
The government’s Kickstart Scheme is designed to help young unemployed people, by providing funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24-year-olds on Universal Credit. These placements will run for six months and employers will get 100% of total employment costs for up to 25 hours per week, based on the relevant national minimum wage. There is also a further £1,500 grant available per placement for the support and training of these placements. Further information can be found at the Kickstart Scheme webpage.
Atwood Tate is very pleased to be acting as an intermediary (Government Gateway) to ensure that as many of our clients as possible are not only aware of the scheme but are also able to contribute to it by having the means to apply for funding. Employers are only able to apply directly themselves if they want to fund 30 or more job placements. We are therefore pooling our clients’ vacancies to apply for funding on their behalves. Full details together with the application form can be found on our website.
The government’s ambition is for the scheme to create between 250-300,000 quality job placements and we are passionate about the publishing industry contributing to these numbers in a meaningful way.
Not only is it an excellent initiative to support the next generation through the early stages of their careers and provide them with the skills and experience to move onto sustained employment, it is also an excellent opportunity for our industry to continue with its ambition to improve diversity and inclusion. This scheme provides the perfect platform to give chances to young people who would ordinarily struggle to get a ‘foot in the door’ due to the extreme competitiveness of entry level opportunities.
We are hoping that jobs can be created in as many sectors and departments as possible. Where companies are able to create multiple opportunities, they will have the option of moving the Kickstarters between departments to really optimise their experience and options for the future.
The only criteria for the roles being created is that they are new roles and do not replace existing or planned vacancies. They should also not cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment.
The only criteria for candidates to be eligible is that they must be under 25 at the time of starting their placement, have left full time education and currently be unemployed and claiming Universal Credit.
We have had a terrific and extremely encouraging initial response from our clients and hope that over the next months, many more publishers of all sizes and sectors will join in the national effort to support young people into employment. Placements can start anytime throughout the whole of 2021, so there is plenty of time to get involved.
If you would like any more information on how Atwood Tate can work with you to maximise the scheme’s benefit within our industry or have any other questions, then please contact me.
Lynne Willoughby is director of Atwood Tate. Contact her by email at email@example.com or by phone at 01865 339630.