CCB Training, part of the Cornwall College Group (TCCG), has become an approved intermediary representative for the Government’s Kickstart Scheme, and is urging local businesses to get involved.
The Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high-quality, paid six-month work placements for young people.
“This is a great opportunity for employers from all industry across the private, public and voluntary sector to get involved,” stated Justin Olosundѐ, assistant principal external engagement and business innovation, TCCG.
“Kickstart will give employers the opportunity to take on a young person in a new role or for a specific project.
“Employers will not only be helping to address the current and future skills shortage, they will strengthen their own recruitment pipeline, and increase diversity into their workforce.”
Olosundѐ also emphasised that it would allow young people the chance to build their skills in the workplace and to gain experience, “improving their employability and progression opportunities”.
The Kickstart Scheme was launched on July 8 as part of the Chancellor’s Plan for Jobs Scheme. Funding is available for each new job, covering the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.
“Through the scheme, you’ll be able to access a large pool of young people with potential, ready for an opportunity,” commented Gareth Kenward, head of business engagement at CCB Training.
“We are initially prioritising young people aged between 16 and 24 who will be supported by their Job Centre Plus, work coach to enrol in the scheme.
“As part of the scheme you will also be able to access up to £1.5k per placement towards set up costs and additional training support. As an approved intermediary representative we are offering a bespoke suite of additional skills training for each Kickstart placement.”