Michelle Rainbow
Michelle Rainbow, Skills Director at the North East Local Enterprise Partnership
North East LEP

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Funding on offer for North East employers to help young people into work

New funding from government is on offer to help employers in the North East create work placements for young people who might otherwise be at risk of long-term unemployment.

Applications are now open for the Kickstart Scheme, which offers employers of any size, and operating in any sector, funding to create new, six month job placements for young people who are currently receiving Universal Credit.

Michelle Rainbow, Skills Director at the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, explains: “The aim of this new scheme is to help young people to gain the skills, confidence and experience that they need in order to go on and find work at once they’ve completed their placement.

“It’s not just a short-term measure – in the North East we really want to provide high quality placements which will not only give young people experience of the workplace, but that will give them valuable opportunities to learn and progress.”

Businesses that want to create 30 or more placements can apply directly to the Kickstart Scheme via Gov.uk.

For those that plan to create fewer than 30 placements, the North East LEP will apply on their behalf, grouping applications to create clusters of high quality placements across a range of sectors in the North East.

Organisations of any size are eligible to apply, as long as the placements they are creating help young people to become more employable, for example by helping them to develop their skills in the workplace, by providing support with interview preparation and CV development, or by providing careers advice and help with goal-setting.

The funding on offer includes 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. There is also £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.

Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021.

“We know that young people, many of whom have finished school, college or university during the pandemic, are facing a difficult time and might have seen their plans for the future turned upside down,” added Michelle Rainbow.

“That’s why programmes like this are so important and why we are working with North East employers to help give the next generation the best possible start, at one of the most difficult times any of us have seen.”

Find out more about the Kickstart Scheme at www.northeastlep.co.uk/kickstart

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by North East LEP .

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