Boost job opportunities for 16 to 24 year olds

Chichester College Group (CCG) has been approved as a gateway provider for the Government’s new Kickstart Scheme, helping businesses to access funding and create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds.

The scheme provides the funding employers need to create new six-month job placements for young people who are on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

Funding covers 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

In addition, businesses can apply for a £1,500 bursary per job placement for setup costs, support and training.

Large organisations, who are able to create 30 or more job placements, are able to apply directly through the Government’s website.

However, there are lots of smaller businesses in Sussex who will also be able to participate – without applying for 30 plus placements. Instead, you can apply through CCG, who will act as your Kickstart representative.

Julie Kapsalis, Managing Director of CCG, said: “This is a really important initiative that will not only help industries rebuild during this time of economic uncertainty, but will also help young people into employment.

“Not every company can take on tens of placements, but by working together with other companies through CCG, individual companies will be supported and able to hire the right number of placements for their business.

“During the six-month placement, young people will be able to gain valuable work experience which will help them progress into full-time employment, an apprenticeship or even higher education.”

To apply or find out more please visit www.chigroup.ac.uk/kickstart or email kickstart@ccgtraining.ac.uk.

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