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Companies befitting from the additional support of young individuals through the government’s Kickstart scheme have expressed their thanks to the organising team at BATF. The Kickstart Scheme is a fully funded government initiative which creates high quality six-month work placements for 16 to 24 year-olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment.
As an approved gateway for the scheme, BATF has already organised more than 100 placements across companies in the jewellery and giftware sectors. Now the Federation is inviting more businesses to come forward to register their interest in the opportunity, which requires zero financial commitment from the business. The next BATF Kickstart deadline is Friday 28th May.
Imogen Owen, owner of a letterpress and lettering studio of the same name in Leicestershire said, "I've been thrilled with the Kickstart programme, I was a little trepidatious at first as it seemed like lots of paperwork and things to deal with, and I wasn't sure what to expect, but I've been very pleased."
Junaid Sheikh, director at Heaven Spring Ltd, wholesalers specialising in Himalayan Salt Products added, "The scheme has allowed us to get fresh new talent on board in order to take a proper look at our digital sales strategy, which is imperative these days for any business, thank you for your support."
Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers:
100 per cent of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of six months
Associated employer National Insurance contributions.
Employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.
Employers receive up to £1500.00 funding per job placement. This is for setup costs and to support the young person develop their employability skills.
BATF is encouraging members of the National Association of Jewellers, Giftware Association, Surface Engineering Association, Jewellery Distributors Association and the British Travel goods and Accessories Association to apply for the scheme in order to support business activities with additional resource.
The scheme is not only intended to work for the employer, but also the Kickstarter themselves offering young individuals the opportunity to develop skills, and experience being part of such a dynamic sector.
A Kickstart employee working with The Master Herbalist Ltd, makers of British fine herbal gifts and toiletries said, "I really appreciate the sense of purpose that this Kickstart placement has given me after a few months of, at times, disheartening job searching. It's great to know that I'm not only enjoying what I'm doing but also building up future skills and experience that will hopefully make it easier for me to find my next job when this placement comes to an end."
BATF report that the scheme so far has been well received by both businesses and candidates, creating many exciting opportunities in such an exciting and vibrant sector of British industry and equally attracting a high calibre of applicants for the various positions advertised.
Interested parties are encouraged to contact the Kickstart team at the Federation to discuss the opportunity in more detail and understand how the scheme can support your business and create an opportunity for a young person to get back into work.
Please complete the online application form no later than Friday 28th May, following this, BATF will submit your application to DWP for them to perform basic company checks. You will be informed as to whether your application has been successful in approximately four weeks.