Redditch businesses have signalled their intention to hire young people through the Government’s £2 billion Kickstart Scheme after attending a virtual roundtable hosted by Rachel.

On Friday (October 30th), Rachel brought together business leaders from across the town for a virtual roundtable where representatives from Worcestershire Business Central were on hand to provide business leaders with advice and all the information they needed in order to take part in the 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 Maclean, MP for Redditch, 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.

“It was inspiring to hear from business leaders who want to hire young people through this scheme. I want to thank them for backing our town’s young people.

“I’m continuing to encourage as many Redditch businesses as possible to sign up to this scheme.”

Businesses interested in signing up to the Kickstart Scheme can find out more via https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/kickstart-scheme