This is an incredible opportunity for small and medium size businesses to add to their workforce with no cost to the business and play a key role in supporting young people into sustainable employment.
The Government has launched a £2bn Kickstart Scheme which will play a key role in rebuilding the UK’s economy. The scheme is an excellent opportunity for businesses of all sizes to benefit from having one or multiple work placement employees in your business, paid for by the scheme.
At YouthFed, we have first-hand experience of the proven qualities that young people can bring to a workplace; energy and enthusiasm, new ideas and a fresh perspective, plus it has been shown that employees that start with a business when they are young, tend to be loyal and stay with an employer longer.
The Kickstart scheme is open to all businesses, however smaller businesses will mostly apply by partnering with an Intermediary, which allows businesses to group together to achieve the minimum criteria of offering 30 work placements.
For smaller businesses YouthFed, as an Intermediary, have tailored a support package to breeze you through the process of finding your employee and most importantly we provide a full support package (at no cost to you) that will prepare and mentor the employee during their placement with you. Each employee would stay with you for a 6 month period and as the scheme is running for 18 months, you could benefit from the scheme three times, with multiple work placements each time.
You’d be potentially making a life changing difference to a young person, however, just imagine the difference that young person might make to your business…
The Kickstart Scheme was announced in July as part of the Chancellor’s Plan for Jobs. The scheme aims to create thousands of high-quality six-month work placements for young people aged 16 to 24 who are claiming Universal Credit and are at risk of long-term unemployment.
Under the scheme, the Government will cover 100 per cent of employment costs for 25 hours a week. This includes the employee’s salary at the appropriate minimum wage for their age, as well as National Insurance and pension contributions.
Youth Fed will complete the administrative requirements of the scheme and provide a package of wrap around support, all at no cost to your business, all you need to do is provide the opportunities.
Applying is simple and you’ll have full support through each stage of the process.
A dedicated contact to walk you through the application process
Support with interviewing and choosing the right candidate to thrive in your business
A menu of Youth Fed training that employers can request before your employee starts their work placement
A mentor that will guide and stay in contact with your employee and can even work alongside them for their first day to help them settle in
Access to YouthFed training for your other staff
A dedicated contact for employers to speak with about any concerns or issues
End of placement support to help you if you would like to take on the employee or access the governments other subsidised schemes, such as apprenticeships.
Inclusion in a new network group with other small businesses where you can make new connections and share best practice (12 months access provided to each business)
In order to help each young person succeed in their placement, YouthFed have created a support package that includes;
www.youthfed.org.uk/kickstart and complete the quick and simple form with your contact details and the type of placement that you could offer.
YouthFed will contact you to discuss your placements and help create a job description and advertisement. Once you are happy, we will liaise with Job Centre plus to advertise your placement and notify you of any applications.
You’ll get the opportunity to meet your candidates and interview them. Youthfed will give you as much or as little support as you need. You decide which candidate to select.
Once you have found your ideal candidate, you will meet your Kickstart coach who will support you and your employee though the placement. At the end of the placement, you’ll decide if you want to offer the young person a permanent role or offer the placement to another candidate for a further six months.