Firstly, may I thank you for your continued hard work sustaining such a valued business in my constituency during the most challenging of times. The Prime Minister and Chancellor in particular have been crystal clear in their appreciation for companies continuing to offer employment, who will be at the very forefront of our national recovery.
We know that young people are facing difficulties in finding long-term employment and of course, I want to do all I can to help and call on yourselves to join with me if at all possible.
On Friday 4th June, I will be hosting a live virtual event for businesses across Copeland to provide information on the Government’s Kickstart Scheme, designed to ensure young people at risk of long-term unemployment have a future of opportunity and hope.
Under the scheme, which is part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs, employers that sign up will be able to offer those aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit a six-month work placement that is fully funded by the Government. This means the Government will pay 100 per cent 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.
In addition, the Government will pay the employer £1500 for each young person they take on, to support any training or associated costs that they might incur including uniforms. The scheme has recently been broadened allowing businesses to apply to the scheme for any number of placements, helping to put smaller businesses on the same footing as large employers.
As part of the event, which will be streamed live on my Facebook page from 3:00pm, I will be joined by the Minister for Employment, Mims Davies MP, representatives from Copeland’s Job Centre and Cumbria’s Chamber of Trade, along with a local business owner and employee already signed up to the scheme.
Initiatives like the Kickstart Scheme will be vital for creating jobs and giving young people the skills to access them and is why I am calling on companies across Copeland to sign up to the scheme to help bolster their bright futures whilst spurring the country’s economic recovery after the coronavirus pandemic.
Further information on the scheme can be found here : https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/kickstart-scheme, but please do get in touch with me by emailing Trudy.firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Member of Parliament for Copeland