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Wakefield Council – Part of Wakefield’s partnership approach to the Kickstart scheme

13 October 2020

Wakefield Council, along with partners across the district, will be supporting local businesses to register for the new Government Kickstart scheme which provides funding to create job placements and opportunities for 16 to 24-year-olds.

The Kickstart scheme gives funding to local employers to create new six-month job placements for young people who are supported by Universal Credit and therefore at risk of long-term unemployment.  

The Council will become one of several local representatives for the scheme, as part of a co-ordinated partnership-led approach, to support local small businesses in the district to benefit from the scheme and take on job placements for young people.

There will also be extra money available to support young individuals to gain further experience and training to help them progress into sustained employment once they have completed their Kickstart scheme-funded role.

This news has come as a result of the Government's 'Plan for Jobs', in response to COVID-19, and aims to create hundreds and thousands of new, fully-funded jobs across England, Scotland and Wales, with placements starting in November. 

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Leader of Wakefield Council and Chair of the Recovery Board, said: "The Kickstart scheme is a fantastic opportunity for both employers and young people in the district that we as a Council are proud to be supporting.

"Working with partners from across the district will mean more small businesses can take up the scheme and therefore means more placements for our young people.

"It's great to see that even in difficult times, we can work together to do our bit to help create jobs and boost the local economy – it will be vital to the district's recovery from the effects of COVID-19."

Wakefield Council will be working alongside partners, including the Department for Work and Pensions, The Federation for Small Business and Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, to support businesses to access the scheme.

This partnership approach to the Kickstart scheme has been established by the Recovery Board – which was set up by the Council, to work with key partners to drive forward the district's recovery from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Martin Hathaway, Chair of the Economic Recovery Board, said: "We think that the Recovery Board can make some real difference to the impact of what will be a really important scheme to businesses and residents across the Wakefield district - bringing together the delivery of the Government's Kickstart scheme. This include intermediaries like the Chamber of Commerce and Federation for Small Business among others to make sure we maximise the benefits to all."

To find out more about how Wakefield Council can support businesses with Kickstart visit https://wakefieldfirst.com/kickstart-scheme/ or contact info@wakefieldfirst.com marking the subject Kickstart.

https://www.wakefield.gov.uk/Pages/News/PR-9632.aspx

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