21 October 2020

Local businesses back next generation employees

Dozens of young people from across North Lincolnshire are set to get a foot onto the jobs ladder after a raft of local businesses signed up to the Government’s £2bn Kickstart scheme.

Thirty businesses have signed up with more than 70 new jobs created under the scheme which sees the Government fund six-month work placements for 16 to 24 year olds claiming Universal Credit.

Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said:

“It is great to hear that we have such a number of local businesses which are already signed-up to this scheme.

“This is a real positive step forward towards us all building back stronger and will give our young people some fantastic opportunities to get into work, gain experience and benefit from the scheme.

“The backing from Government is the latest in a long list of support which will support the economy through Covid-19 and beyond. We’ve raised out ambitions across the last few months and its clear many businesses are doing so too.”

North Lincolnshire Council will run the Kickstart Gateway through which businesses can apply.

There is still time for local businesses to get involved – the deadline for the first round of applications to join the scheme is 30 October, but further opportunities may be available to join the scheme in the future.

As well as paying the young person’s salary for 25 hours a week, the Government also provides £1,500 for help to cover other expenses such as uniform and training.

Businesses have until Friday, 30 October to register their interest with North Lincolnshire Council by emailing kickstartsupport@northlincs.gov.uk and can find information on the government guidelines for appropriate placement on the GOV.UK website.