Over 19,000 job placements for unemployed young people have reportedly been created under the government’s £2bn Kickstart Scheme.
According to HM Treasury, 19,672 jobs have been created for young people so far in tech, film and TV, communications and fitness. The charity sector has also offered more than 4,350 applications from employers and gateways.
The landmark scheme, which gives 16-24-year olds job opportunities, began last week and will run until December 2021. It is expected to create more than 250,000 high-quality jobs.
Each job placement will last six months and will be “fully funded” by the government, aiming to help young people build their “confidence and experience” in the workplace, while earning a regular wage.
Young people will also get additional employment support and training to help them progress during their placement, £1,500 will be available to employers to cover the training as well as other on-boarding costs.
The scheme has already received 4,359 applications from employers across the UK wanting to partake, with a wide range of jobs available.
Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, said: “Our country’s future will be built by the next generation, so it’s vital that we harness the talent of young people as we rebuild from the pandemic.
“But this isn’t just about kickstarting our economy, we’re giving opportunity and hope to thousands of young people, kickstarting their careers and offering them a brighter future.”
Thérèse Coffey, Work and Pensions Secretary added that every job created by the Kickstart Scheme is a potentially “life-changing opportunity” for a young person.