7th Jul, 2022

One stop website for Kickstart job scheme for young people

YOUNG people across the region are set to benefit from thousands of job opportunities to kickstart their careers.

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) are leading the region in brokering and promoting the Government’s £2bn Kickstart scheme, working with local councils and Chambers of Commerce.

Kickstart funds employers to create six-month paid jobs with local employers for 16- to 24-year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment. It enables young people to gain hands-on experience while getting paid, boosting their future job prospects.

To make sure young people can see the opportunities available, they have all been placed on the Youth Employment WM website, where more than 9,000 Kickstart jobs in the West Midlands are now live.

Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “We know that young people have been the hardest hit economically by the pandemic, and Kickstart is a great way to help these unemployed youngsters into work to begin their careers.

“The scheme also makes good financial sense for businesses, who get to employ talented and eager youngsters with Government covering the cost.”

To find out more visit: https://www.youthemployment.org.uk/employment-help-young-people/youth-friendly-places-in-the-uk/west-midlands/

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