The Source Skills Academy is vowing to give South Yorkshire’s unemployed youth a future by throwing its expertise behind the government’s £2billion Kickstart Scheme.
Kickstart encourages businesses to give six months work experience to 16 to 24-year-olds claiming Universal Credit, who are at risk of never getting on the career ladder.
The government pays 100% of their minimum wage up to 25 hours a week, plus N.I. and pension contributions, and gives companies a £1,500 grant towards the set-up support and training of each Kickstart recruit.
- The government estimates Kickstart could generate 250,000 work experience placements, at a cost to the taxpayer of £2 billion
- Companies interview their Kickstart applicants to find the right fit
- Companies can choose to top up wages
- The Source is offering its Kickstart recruits free training in 130 work-related subjects. Courses are online and fully-funded via Skills Support for the Workforce
Work experience got me my career
The Source’s director of business development, Dale Robinson, knows the value of work experience well…
Back in the 80s, a six-month Youth Training Scheme got Dale his dream job in banking.
At 15 he wrote to every bank and building society in Sheffield to get a YTS placement and struck lucky with NatWest.
“I worked in every department, learned loads and got taken on after six months. I spent 10 years with NatWest and it gave me the skills I have today,” said Dale.
“They recruited A level students and graduates – the YTS scheme gave me the chance to prove myself.”
Kickstart webinar – virtually everything you need to know
Companies are urged to sign up to The Source’s Kickstart webinar for the expert view on the government’s £2 billion Kickstart scheme.
Three specialists from the Source will be explaining how the scheme will benefit local young people, and also help to boost recovery and productivity for businesses affected by the pandemic.
The financial support available from the government, and the steps to getting onboard, will be set out during the virtual seminar on Thursday, 5 November from 9.00am-10.15am.
“We are ready to help employers of all sizes across the sectors to access Kickstart grants and offer one or more young people job placements,” said business development officer Vicki Easdon, who is leading the Source’s team of dedicated business advisers.
“Our live webinar will explain how to apply and choose the right young recruits.”
The Source is using its training and skills expertise to give additional support to Kickstart.
Its employability team will help young people who need to boost their confidence and skills before they go for interviews with employers.
Its work-based learning specialists will work with companies and their Kickstart recruits, matching them with online courses to expand skills and qualifications while they are on placement.
When the six months end, The Source will advise on government-funded apprenticeships or traineeships which could extend the bond that has developed between Kickstart employer and recruit.