Help for small businesses to kickstart young people’s employment

The Federation of Small Businesses has announced a new partnership as part of the Government’s new Kickstart Scheme.

The partnership with Adecco Working Ventures will form a national gateway and intermediary partner, to help tackle increasing numbers of 16-24 year olds struggling to find work.

The federation plans to deliver a regional programme of webinars and other resources to help small businesses in East sussex to get involved and make the most of the new scheme.

The UK unemployment rate has risen to its highest level for two years, with official figures showing those aged 16 to 24 suffering the biggest drop in employment compared with other age groups.

Local businesses have a history of helping young people get back into work already, with 92% of apprenticeships held by people under 25. The kickstart scheme will offer a new route into work to gain practical, hands-on experience.

Jim Cunliffe, the Sussex Area Leader for the scheme said, “The UK’s small businesses are the biggest private employer in Britain and are an integral part of local communities here in Sussex. They are proven to offer more career and employment opportunities to those furthest from work, such as the long-term unemployed and young people who are not in employment, training or education.

“At this critical time, we have successfully worked with government to develop the new Kickstart Scheme, and help small employers to be part of the solution. I want to thank the Department for Work and Pensions and HM Treasury teams for being open to our suggestions on Kickstart, which will help thousands of young people in local communities currently struggling to find work.

“FSB will now be a national gateway, working in partnership with Adecco Working Ventures. We have allied with Adecco due to its track record in creating job opportunities for young people. This will be alongside local authorities and others to create lots of choices to access the Scheme. Small businesses have been keen to take part, and today’s announcement means that they can now do so with confidence that the support needed for both the employer, and the young person, will be in place.”

Sean Williams, Director, Adecco Working Ventures, said, “We are delighted to have worked with FSB to create this partnership. We will be helping make the Kickstart programme a success for small businesses and for young people. By making it easy for small businesses to access the scheme we will significantly increase the number of opportunities available for young people.”

The Kickstart scheme was announced by Rishi Sunak as part of The Chancellor of the Exchequer’s ‘Plan for Jobs’ in July, with the aim of helping 250,000 16-24-year olds on Universal Credit into work placement.

Local businesses who can offer Kickstart roles to young people can register at fsb.org.uk/kickstart