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Date published: 29th October 2020

North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) welcomed the government’s new Kickstart Scheme, which aims to provide funding for the creation of job opportunities for 16 to 24-year olds; the age group identified as most at risk of long-term unemployment as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic.

Employers in North Norfolk are encouraged to join the scheme, managed by the DWP, to help young people to make a start in their working life. The government will reimburse salary costs and provide a cash amount to cover the other costs of employing a new member of staff.

The DWP has set a minimum of 30 placements per organisation. This would not be possible for most organisations in North Norfolk, so NNDC has applied to become a Gateway, managing a cohort of placements from partner organisations.

NNDC’s Portfolio Holder for Sustainable Growth, Cllr Richard Kershaw said “I fully support this important initiative and think that encouraging and supporting 16 to 24 year olds is of paramount importance at this point in time. This age group has suffered badly and will be carrying the burden of economic recovery for decades to come.

With DWP setting a minimum of 30 places per scheme it is essential that organisations such as NNDC act as a hub in order to help local businesses recruit young talent and provide meaningful employment to this age group. I sincerely appeal to businesses to take up this scheme.”

Businesses in the district can use the Kickstart Scheme to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently receiving Universal Credit. The placements provide an opportunity to gain work experience and develop the soft skills required in employment.

Funding is available for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. In addition, £1,500 per job placement will be available for setup costs, equipment, support and training.

Requirements from interested businesses:

  • Identify a new job role which will give meaningful work, but require a minimum of training at entry level
  • Prepare a job description (NNDC can provide a template if required)
  • The young person must be able to work a minimum of 25 hours per week
  • Make a declaration that the job role has not occurred due to redundancies or has incurred redundancies
  • Identify an existing employee who could be a mentor
  • Employability skills training and mentoring guidance will be provided by the council. 

Businesses can register to join the NNDC Gateway via the Expression of Interest form. If enough enquiries are received a joint application can be submitted. NNDC will require job descriptions which will be sent to the DWP and distributed to the local work coaches.

They will work with young people to support them to apply for the post partaking businesses have created. All organisations wishing to offer one or more placement(s) will be able to interview candidates.

All grants will be paid in arrears once the DWP has verified that the young person is employed and is being paid through PAYE. The first placements under the scheme are likely to be ready to begin in January 2021.

For further information email or telephone 01263 516331.

Last updated: 29th October 2020