The Kickstart scheme is designed to support young people in the face of an employment crisis as a result of the pandemic; it aims to create job placements for those at risk of long-term unemployment, covering wages and paying employers up to £1,500 to set up support and training.
The scheme is also set up to offer advice and guidance for small and medium sized businesses that are ready to develop and grow.
To be eligible for the scheme, businesses need to be able to create at least 30 new jobs. However, smaller and medium sized business can apply with fewer job placements via a larger, gateway employer, like the Council, who can submit an application on their behalf and offer assistance with training and employment support with participants.
As a gateway employer, the Council has agreed to pay those young people it employs via Kickstart directly, the nationally recognised Real Living Wage.
Councillor Anna Keen, Cabinet Lead for Skills and Education, said: “We know that young people’s financial and professional futures have been hit hard by the pandemic. This scheme will reach out to those young people at a critical time in their working lives, giving them an opportunity to work and learn new skills, as well as giving a much needed boost to our local businesses in this time of crisis.”
Young people aged 16–24 have been disproportionately affected by Covid-19. National data shows a significantly higher rate of furlough (44% of eligible employment) among 16–24 year olds than for all ages (31%).
The Council wants to hear from local employers who are committed to diversity and inclusion, and can offer local placements for Bristol young people who are facing the greatest challenges and risks. This includes jobs that are accessible for young people living in South Bristol and the inner city which has some of the highest rates of youth unemployment.
If you are interested in using Bristol City Council as a Kickstart gateway employer, you can fill out an Expression of Interest form and find out more information at the Bristol City Council website, or by emailing: Kickstart@bristol.gov.uk.