Coronavirus: Rishi Sunak to announce jobs ‘kickstart scheme’ for young people
Chancellor Rishi Sunak will announce a £2bn "kickstart scheme" later today to create more jobs for young people.
The fund will subsidise six-month work placements for people on Universal Credit aged between 16 and 24, who are at risk of long-term unemployment.
Labour welcomed the move but said the government had failed to "rise to the scale of the unemployment crisis".
Hundreds of thousands of "new, high-quality" subsidised jobs will be created, the government said.
For each "kickstarter" job, the government will cover the cost of 25 hours' work a week at the National Minimum Wage - £4.55 for under 18s, £6.45 for 18 to 20-year-olds, and £8.20 for 21 to 24-year-olds.
Employers will be able to top up that payment if they wish.
The government said it would allow young people "the opportunity to build their skills in the workplace, and to gain experience that will improve their chances of going on to find long-term sustainable work".
The scheme will open for applications in August, with the first jobs expected to start in the autumn and run until December 2021 - with the option of being extended.
It will cover England, Scotland and Wales, and the government said it would provide additional funding to Northern Ireland for a similar scheme.
Posted on Jul 07, 2020.