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KickStart Scheme – Creating jobs for young people


Local businesses are being urged to enrol in a new £2bn scheme, which aims to create jobs for young people and boost the local economy.

The Government’s Kickstart Scheme for jobs is now open for applications from businesses and young people looking for work.

The new scheme looks to create six-month placements for people aged 16-24, who are claiming Universal Credit and are at risk of long-term unemployment.

Funding is available to businesses per placement for 25 hours of work per week at minimum wage, as well as employer national insurance and pension contributions. There is also £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.

In Cumbria the Cumbria Chamber of Commerce is acting an intermediary, and Even Halliday is the contact

The job placements created with Kickstart funding must be new jobs. They must not:

*   replace existing or planned vacancies
*   cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment

The roles that businesses are applying for must be:

*   a minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months
*   paid at least the National Minimum Wage for their age group
*   should not require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement

The scheme is designed to help young people to develop the skills and experience they need to secure work after completing the placement. The six-month programmes include guidance on interviews and CVs, career advice and soft workplace skills like teamwork.

There will also be extra funding to support young people to build their experience and help them move into long-term, sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart funded job.

Unless a business is able to take on a minimum of 30 placements, they will need to work through an intermediary organisation to benefit from the scheme. This is likely to be the case for the majority of businesses in Eden. One such organisation in the county inviting businesses to register their interest is Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, which is working with Inspira to help implement the scheme locally. For more information email<> or telephone 0845 226 00 40.


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