The Kickstart scheme, which was announced in September, provides funding for six-month job placements for 16 to 24-year-olds who are at risk of long-term unemployment.
The funding covers 100 per cent of the national minimum wage for the young person for 25 hours a week for six months, as well as National Insurance and pension contributions, and comes with a £1,500 grant to cover setup and training costs. Employers looking to participate in the scheme must offer a minimum of 30 job placements, but smaller organisations can participate through larger organisations or through coalitions of organisations.
TCCA has a bid to lead a consortium application under the kickstart scheme. The bid has been accepted and TCCA is working with the DWP in in the recruitment of 36 jobs, with six partners.