New Kickstart Scheme Launched in Northern Devon

Kickstart Scheme

Barnstaple Chamber of Commerce are working in partnership with North Devon+ to support local businesses across Northern Devon to access the governments new Kickstart Scheme.

As part of the government's Plan for Jobs, a new £2 billion Kickstart Scheme will create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country.

The 6-month placements are open to those aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. They will be available across a range of different sectors in England, Scotland and Wales. The first placements are likely to be available from November.

Employers will receive funding for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum auto-enrolment pension contributions.
The Kickstart Northern Devon local Gateway will support employers with less than 30 placements, or those with over 30 placements who don't want to make their own application.

The scheme will be open for applications at the beginning of November and local businesses can find out more about the scheme and how to register their interest in creating a placement can visit barnstaplechamber.co.uk/kickstart
President, Barnstaple & District Chamber of Commerce Ltd Paula Byers says: "As a local Chamber it is important to support small businesses across Northern Devon with a local Gateway. We are pleased to support businesses with signposting to local and national resources to assist them through this process. Working together with North Devon+ to deliver a quality Gateway service in Northern Devon is key to ensuring the benefit of the Kickstart Scheme can be taken up by businesses across the area, supported by local delivery partners."

Torridge District Council Lead Member for the Economy Councillor Bob Hicks says: "While the current crisis has hit all types of business employment across the Country the prospects for our younger generations to get their first break in a chosen career path has perhaps never been so difficult. The Kickstart scheme should hopefully open up opportunities for younger people but also allow businesses a subsidised route to boosting their own workforce to help them grow and overcome the current challenges being faced. North Devon+ will be on hand to help business owners through the application process or provide further advice and guidance."

Member of Parliament for Torridge and West Devon Geoffrey Cox says: "It is vital that once we have emerged from this coronavirus crisis we build back better and this Kick Start initiative will be an important part of doing so. We will all need to work hard together to put in place the pieces for our future recovery."

21 October 2020