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  • 11 December 2020
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Young people in Walsall will be getting extra support into the workplace thanks to a new government scheme to be run locally by Walsall Council.

Kickstart is a £2 billion government funded scheme that was launched in November 2020. The scheme runs until December 2021 and will fund the direct creation of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements for young people aged 16 to 24 who are on a Universal Credit benefit and are at risk of long term unemployment.

Walsall Council will be working with local employers to create these local work placements that will give young people the chance to build their confidence and skills in the workplace, and to gain experience that will improve their chances of going on to find long-term, sustainable work.

Participants will also benefit from an expanded Youth Offer being delivered through Walsall Council and the Department of Work and Pensions, providing a range of targeted support to help young people find lasting work.

To date 51 employers have already pledged 134 six-month work placements for the young people in the Walsall Borough and with aspirations to create at least 150, Walsall Council is extremely proud to be working with local businesses to support the young people of the Borough.

Deputy Leader of Walsall Council, Councillor Adrian Andrew said:

“Kickstart complements the very successful Walsall Works apprenticeship programme we established some years ago to support young people and tackle youth unemployment. In Walsall, we know the value of investing in our young people. We’ve seen the difference it makes to their lives and the benefit it brings to the economic health of the borough. It’s heartening to see so many local businesses coming forward to participate in Kickstart in Walsall. I’d like to thank them for their support.”

Employers who are interested in supporting the Kickstart project by creating a six month work placement should contact us at Kickstart@Walsall.gov.uk

~ENDS~

NOTES FOR THE EDITOR

On Wednesday 8 July 2020, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, announced ‘A Plan for Jobs’, building on the existing support offered by Jobcentre Plus, this included the announcement of the new Kickstart Scheme (‘Kickstart’ or the ‘scheme’).

Kickstart, a £2 billion fund scheme, was officially launched on 2 September 2020 by the Department for Work and Pensions (‘DWP’) to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements aimed at those aged 16 to 24 who are on a Universal Credit benefit and are deemed to be at risk of long term unemployment (6 months+).

The scheme is designed to improve employability and the chances of sustained employment for those at risk of long term unemployment and provides grant to employers to support the creation of new jobs that would otherwise not exist.

The scheme officially launched nationally in November 2020 and will end December 2021. Grant funding will be made available which will cover 100% of the wage costs based on the calculations of the relevant national minimum wage for age of the young person, for up to 25 hours per week for each work placement, plus the associated employer national insurance and any pension contributions.

Each placement should support the participant to develop the skills and experience they need to find work. Additional grant funding for wrap around employability support will be available which could be delivered by either the gateway or the employer to achieve this intended outcome.

Any organisation, regardless of size, can apply for Kickstart funding. The job placements created must be new jobs and must not replace existing or planned vacancies, displace any commitments to create apprenticeship, cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment.

Walsall Council, as a gateway organisation, will be the intermediary between the DWP and the employer, and will manage all grant payments for all work placements.

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