As the challenges of COVID-19 continue to be addressed, the scale of the response across the nation needs to have long-lasting effects.
The Kickstart scheme launches this week to widen job opportunities for young people and I urge employers in Crawley to sign up.
Participating firms will be able to offer young people between 16 and 24 years of age who are claiming Universal Credit a six-month work placement that is fully funded by the Government.
The scheme will see Government pay all of the young persons’ age-relevant National Minimum Wage, National Insurance and pension contributions for 25 hours a week, which the employer can top up if they chose to.
Companies will also be paid £1,500 for each young person they take on as part of the initiative, to support training or other associated costs.
Kickstart is a vital part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs and I hope local employers will participate.
Young people are more likely to have been furloughed than the population as a whole, and we cannot allow them to be left behind as a result of the pandemic.
Creating jobs and helping young people develop the skills to access them is essential. Interested employers can find out more information via: www.gov.uk/kickstart
Henry Smith MP