Care Plus Group’s Employability Services approved as a Kickstart Gateway Organisation

Care Plus Group’s Employability Services has been approved as a Kickstart Gateway organisation to act as an intermediary for the Government Kickstart scheme, working with employers from across Northern Lincolnshire to help young people into work and spur Britain’s economic revival.

Launched at the start of September by the Department of Work and Pensions, Kickstart aims to connect young people who are at risk of long term unemployment with businesses providing a subsidised programme. As part of the scheme the Government pays the wage, national insurance and pension contributions of individuals for 25 hours per week. Additionally, £1,500 per job placement is available to help with other costs such as training, employability support and uniform.

In anticipation of its bid to become a Kickstart Gateway, Employability Services received a high level of demand from businesses across the area who would like to offer support to young people via job placement opportunities within their organisation.

As part of the Kickstart scheme, Employability Services will act as a Gateway organisation between employers and local Jobcentre Plus, matching suitable candidates with job placement opportunities.

Sharon Stead, Business and Innovation Manager at Care Plus Group, said: “By acting as a Kickstart Gateway, Employability Services are delighted to be able to help young people across Northern Lincolnshire engage in meaningful paid job placements within a range of sectors, including health and social care, hospitality, construction and education.

“Furthermore Kickstart placements are also an opportunity for young people to transfer their valuable skills and choose an alternative career pathway, while also supporting any workforce skills gap in the area such as those within health and social care.

“Overall the Kickstart scheme will help open doors to a brighter future for a new generation whilst helping businesses bounce back stronger in the economy.”

Kickstart is a £2 billion fund, created by the Department of Work and Pensions aimed at young people aged 16-24 who are in receipt of universal credit and deemed to be at risk of long term unemployment.

If you are an employer interested in offering a young person a fully funded six month Kickstart job placement and require further information, please contact Sharon Stead on 01472 256730 or email sharon.stead@nhs.net.

 

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