Bradford Council to help smaller firms access Kickstart…

Bradford Council to help smaller firms access Kickstart job scheme

BRADFORD Council has been confirmed as one of the key organisations helping smaller employers Kickstart Bradford’s recovery as part of a new Government-funded scheme.

Hundreds of organisations nationally have stepped up to support smaller companies wanting to create jobs for younger people and take advantage of the landmark Kickstart Scheme.

More than 500 bodies have signed up to serve as gateways on the £2bn programme, providing assistance to employers offering fewer than 30 vacancies under the scheme.

Organisations, including the Council, will help firms with their applications and deliver the support each young person needs to make a success of their Kickstart role, increasing their chances of securing sustainable employment in future.

Launched earlier this month, Kickstart will create hundreds of thousands of new fully-subsidised roles for young people as part of efforts to ensure opportunities for those starting out in their career and at risk of long-term unemployment.

A growing list of gateways will ensure that small and medium sized employers wanting to get involved in the scheme will be able to find a suitable gateway provider in their area and work with them to submit an application.

As of last week there were already 139 Kickstart placements across West Yorkshire and initial contact from 230 employers in the first week.

There has been a lot of interest in Bradford from small and medium employers across a range of sectors including hospitality and facilities management.

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey said: “Our growing list of gateways will make it easier for smaller employers to find their local gateways who will support their application and help provide wrap around support for the young people who get onto the scheme.

“We are also encouraging more organisations to step forward as gateways to support this national effort and get behind the career ambitions of the next generation.”

The Government will fully fund each Kickstart placement – paying 100 per cent of the age-relevant National Minimum Wage, National Insurance and pension contributions for 25 hours a week.

Employers will be able to top up this wage, while the Government will also pay employers £1,500 to set up support and training, as well as helping pay for uniforms and other set up costs.

The jobs will give young people – who are more likely to have been furloughed, with many working in sectors disproportionately hit by the pandemic – the opportunity to build their skills in the workplace and to gain experience to improve their chances of finding long-term work.