Copeland businesses are being invited to learn how they can get involved in a scheme designed to help young people at risk of long-term unemployment.
Copeland MP Trudy Harrison is set to host a Facebook Live event to provide information and guidance on how businesses can sign up to the Government’s landmark £2 billion Kickstart Scheme.
The scheme was launched last year as part of the package of support available for businesses and self-employed people during the pandemic.
On Friday June 4 at 3pm, Mrs Harrison will be joined Live on Facebook by the Minister for Employment, Mims Davies MP, representatives from Copeland’s Job Centre and Cumbria Chamber of Commerce along with a local business and employee signed up to the scheme.
Mrs Harrison said: “We know that young people are facing difficulties in finding long-term employment and of course, and I want to do all I can to help.
“That’s why I am calling on businesses to join with me on Friday 4th June when I will be hosting a live virtual event to provide information on how to get involved with the Government’s Kickstart Scheme, bringing together the Minister for Employment, DWP advisors and a local business to answer any questions.
“The impact of the pandemic on people’s lives has been exceptionally challenging and 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.”
Employers that sign up to the scheme can offer those aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit a six-month work placement that is fully funded by the Government.
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.
The Government will pay the employer £1,500 for each young person they take on, to support any training or associated costs that they might incur including uniforms.