To ensure no young person in Redditch is left behind as a result of the pandemic, Rachel Maclean, MP for Redditch, is hosting a virtual roundtable with business leaders. 

Rachel is bringing together businesspeople from leading Redditch firms to encourage them to hire young people through the Government’s landmark £2 billion Kickstart scheme.  

Under the scheme, employers can offer young people aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit a six-month work placement. 

The Government will fully fund each Kickstart job – paying 100% of the age-relevant National Minimum Wage, National Insurance and pension contributions for 25 hours a week. 

Employers will be able to top up this wage, while the Government will also pay employers £1500 to set up support and training for people on a Kickstart placement, as well as helping pay for uniforms and other set up costs. 

Rachel’s Kickstart virtual roundtable will be taking place on Friday, October 30th from 2pm until 3pmBusinesspeople wanting to take part in the roundtable should contact her office by sending an email to: rachel.maclean.mp@parliament.uk. 

Representatives from Worcestershire Business Central will also be in attendance to provide business leaders with advice and all the information they need in order to take part in the Kickstart scheme. 

Rachel said: 

“We know young people have been hit particularly hard by the impact coronavirus has had on our economy. This is why we must do everything we can to make sure no young person in Redditch is left behind.  

“I’m bringing together business leaders from leading firms across Redditch in order to encourage as many of them as possible to hire young people through the Government’s Kickstart scheme.  

“We have so many great businesses in Redditch who could provide excellent opportunities for our town’s young people. I’m urging as many business leaders as possible to sign up to my virtual roundtable.”