The BVRLA would like to hear from members of any size that would like to access the Government’s new Kickstart Scheme, launched in September to provide funds to firms giving jobs to young people.
The Scheme, which is available in England, Scotland and Wales, offers funding to firms creating new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.
The job placements should support the participants to develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the scheme, which provides funding for:
- 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
- associated employer National Insurance contributions
- employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions
- There is also £1500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.
The scheme attracted criticism from the Federation of Small Businesses by only making it available to companies offering a minimum of 30 job placements, rendering it inaccessible for many, so the BVRLA would like to gauge the appetite from members wanting to access the scheme if they could be part of a ‘BVRLA application’ submitted on behalf of a group of members.
Members are invited to share their expressions of interest with BVRLA Director of Human Resources, Nora Leggett at email@example.com