Kickstarting Youth Employment | IPT
Chair: Seema Malhotra MP, Shadow Minister for Employment
Speaker: Paul Steadman, Group HR Director, Nestle
Speaker: Professor John Goodwin, School of Media, Communications and Sociology, Leicester University
Virtual Event


Wednesday 07 July 2021


This is an online event

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In July 2020, the Kickstart Scheme was announced as part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs. It provides funding to create new job placements for 16–24-year-olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment. Employers of all size can apply to the scheme, with the Government covering the cost of 25 hours a week at relevant national minimum wage. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted young people significantly as many have faced potential long-term unemployment, so the 6-month placement is an opportunity for under-25s to gain industry experience, earn a wage and receive training to prepare them for future careers. However, there has been criticism of the scheme such as the strict requirements to be able to enrol in a placement, future career prospects in often low-skilled job roles and the probable skills gap post-pandemic. At the Budget, the Chancellor announced further incentive grants to boost apprentices will rise to £3,000 and £126m for traineeships. What can be done to prevent young people losing out in the coming years?

This event will:

  • Assess the success and equality of the Kickstart scheme so far in giving young unemployed people industry experience and training
  • Discuss the benefits of Kickstart Gateways in facilitating training, providing local connections and managing application processes
  • Explore employment initiatives and their successes such as apprenticeships, traineeships and work coaches