This week sees the launch of two new initiatives from the government to support young people – the Kickstart Scheme and T Levels. Both initiatives are examples of action being taken to support 16-24-year-olds into work. The Class of 2020 is walking into a recession with reduced employment opportunities, so all initiatives that support them post education are welcome.
The Kickstart scheme provides funding to employers to provide placements for 16-24 year olds. The £2 billion fund has been set up to create hundreds of thousands of high-quality 6-month work placements aimed at those who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long term unemployment. Funding available for each job will cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.
>> More about Kickstart scheme including an interview with Sam Windett of Youth Employment Group of which Working Options is a member.
T Levels are being introduced as an alternative to A levels, apprenticeships and other 16 to 19 courses. Equivalent to 3 A levels, a T Level focuses on vocational skills and can help students into skilled employment, higher study or apprenticeships. Each T Level includes an in-depth industry placement that lasts at least 45 days. Students get valuable experience in the workplace; employers get early sight of the new talent in their industry.
>> More about T Levels.