FOLLOWING his visit to two Bromsgrove firms which are signing up to the Government’s Kickstart Scheme, MP Sajid Javid is urging other companies in the district to join them.
Mr Javid met staff at Handling Concepts Ltd in Stoke Prior and Jukes Insurance Brokers in Sidemoor.
Under the project young people aged 16 to 24 who are claiming Universal Credit can be taken on a six-month work placement fully-funded by the Government so they can learn vital skills.
Mr Javid said he was delighted to visit the firms which were backing local young people by signing up to Kickstart.
“This is a challenging time, particularly for the young people of Bromsgrove District, who have so much fantastic potential.
“These two great local businesses are already signed up to the Kickstart Scheme, with a view to supporting that potential and helping their businesses to grow and develop.”
Jukes Insurance Brokers, a family-owned West Midlands-based insurance broker that offers independent Personal Insurance and Commercial Insurance advice, is also planning to use the scheme to employ an administrative assistant.
James Godsall, Managing Director at Jukes Insurance Brokers said: “The opportunity that is offered through the Kickstart scheme is a fantastic one for businesses that can provide support for additional members of their team, and I’d urge businesses in the region to give it consideration.
“Done correctly, it will be a great opportunity for an individual or individuals to develop in the business and possibly do so for the long term.”
“That is something that we are passionate about and so we’re excited to get started with the scheme as soon as possible.”
Handling Concepts Ltd is actively exploring the scheme to employ people in their manufacturing team and sales department.
Karie Burbeck, Managing Director at Handling Concepts Ltd added: “We were delighted to welcome Mr Javid to Handling Concepts last Friday to discuss the Kickstart Scheme.
“We are keen to help young people benefit from the scheme and look forward to receiving applications for roles in engineering sales and support as well as hands-on engineering.
“We are a friendly, innovative team on a mission to elevate British Engineering to world leading status by solving our largely blue-chip manufacturing customers’ unique handling issues.”
The £2 billion Kickstart scheme has been designed to ensure young people at risk of long-term unemployment have the opportunity to enter the workplace, earn a living and gain valuable skills and experience in the process.
Under the scheme, employers that sign up will be able to offer youngsters aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit a six-month work placement that is fully funded by the government.
The scheme will initially be open until December 2021, but there is the option for it to be extended.
Young people will be referred into the new roles through their Jobcentre Plus work coach with the first Kickstarts expected to begin at the start of November.
Businesses interested in signing up to the Kickstart Scheme can find out more via https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/kickstart-scheme or via the Hereford and Worcester Chamber of Commerce at https://hwchamber.co.uk/support/kickstart-scheme/