Coleg Gwent helps local businesses benefit from the Government’s Kickstart Scheme

Coleg Gwent continually aims to meet the needs of local employers through curriculum development and training the workforce of the future, and they’re proud to now be facilitating the fantastic new Kickstart scheme announced by the Government to reduce long-term unemployment and skills shortages. 

The Kickstart scheme is a UK-wide Government funded initiative to provide employment opportunities for young people aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit, and who may be at risk of long-term unemployment. It involves companies offering six-month work placements with wages paid by the government, alongside a bursary of £1,500 to set up support and training for individuals on the Kickstart programme. 

At a time when we’re seeing increasing unemployment rates and job losses, the Kickstart scheme plays a key role in tackling these issues and providing opportunities for young people. Coleg Gwent’s expert Employer Engagement team are helping local employers to access the funding and guide them through the application process, acting as an intermediary and making it easy for them to access a workforce of talented and ambitious young people. 

Any business or organisation can apply for the funding (no matter how big or small they are), so long as the jobs being created are new roles with a minimum of 25 hours per week. Companies offering 30 or more placements can apply directly to the Kickstart scheme, but those looking to create fewer placements can contact an intermediary such as Coleg Gwent, who will act as a local representative and create an application on their behalf.  

With an expert Employer Engagement team, close industry links, and established partnerships with many local businesses and organisations, Coleg Gwent is excited to facilitate this new scheme in the local community by not only assisting more companies in the Gwent area to participate in the Kickstart programme, but also by providing employability training that’s required as part of the scheme. 

Dan Coles, Director of External Engagement at Coleg Gwent said:  

“The Kickstart Scheme provides an exciting opportunity for both businesses and individuals and has come about at a perfect time. As a college, we work hard to build and maintain strong relationships with businesses within Gwent and it’s brilliant to have this new way in which to offer them support. 

We’re delighted to be acting as an intermediary for this scheme and look forward to working with employers, to help benefit both their businesses and young people in our community.” 

Applications are open now for any interested employers, and job placements on the scheme can have start dates up to December 2021. This is a great opportunity for businesses to discover new talent and take on new employees that they would be otherwise unable to employ. Alongside this, it has the added benefit of training up young people for the world of work, providing key skills for future employment.  

Coleg Gwent urges local companies to get in touch for support in accessing the scheme. Find out more about the Kickstart scheme or contact Claire Reardon from Coleg Gwent’s Employer Engagement Team (Claire.reardon@coleggwent.ac.uk).