The Department for Work and Pensions have launched a £2 billion Kickstart Scheme which will put young people at the heart of the economic recovery by supporting the creation of six month paid work placements for young people aged 16-24 years of age in receipt of Universal Credit. This is for any business across all sectors including the private, public and voluntary and community sectors.
For full details of the Kickstart Scheme please click here
To support the many small and medium sized companies in the Tees Valley to access this support and create jobs, Mayor Houchen has pledged to act as a Gateway for businesses who wish to offer less than 30 Job Placements.
On 1st February the criteria changed to allow businesses to apply directly to DWP regardless of the number of Job Placements on offer. Prior to 1st February all businesses that wished to offer 30 or less Job Placements through the scheme were required to do so via an approved Gateway organisation, for more information click here. Regardless of the change in criteria the Tees Valley Combined Authority are still acting as a Gateway for Tees Valley businesses should they want to access the Kickstart Scheme through a Gateway organisation.
It is recommended that Sole Traders apply to the Kickstart Scheme through a Gateway Plus organisation, for more information on finding a Gateway Plus organisation click here.
In addition to acting as a Gateway for Tees Valley businesses the Tees Valley Combined Authority will also provide extended wrap around support for the young person to access support to ensure a positive progression once the Kickstart Job placement ends.
For further information, guidance and frequently asked questions, click here.
If you are an employer that wishes to engage with the Combined Authority to act as the Gateway, further information and how to apply can be found below.
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