Kickstarts prove popular with local businesses

The Worcestershire County Council & Worcestershire LEP Gateway, for the Kickstart Scheme, have submitted their first three rounds of employers to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to have their due diligence checks completed. There are over 65 companies offering over 200 placements in the first three batches and this number is continuing to rise.

Organisations across the county are still encouraged to register their interest in the Kickstart scheme. For businesses looking to take on less than 30 placements, the County Council and LEP can help by acting as a intermediary for businesses to apply.

Businesses of all sizes can take part in the Kickstart scheme but, they have to be registered with Companies House. The process to apply is simply and after filling out a few forms and checks being complete, businesses can be on their way to helping a young person into work and hopefully, long term employment.

Kickstart is a government backed program which looks to get young people (aged 18 -24), on universal credit, into employment. The government are offering a 6 month long, fully funded placement. This placement will include a minimum of 25 hours a week for that young person at the National Minimum Wage. There is also a £1500 training grant, which is in place to enhance the young person’s employability skills, along with any initial start-up costs.

If you are a business who is interested in participating in the scheme, please follow the link below. You will find more information about the scheme, along with a “Register Your Interest Form”:

Worcestershire County Council Gateway Website.