District council becomes gateway for Government Kickstarter scheme

Richmondshire District Council has become a gateway to new funding opportunities.

It will mean businesses will be able to access the government’s Kickstart scheme which can help place 16 to 24 years olds in jobs.

The scheme provides funding to create new job placements for young people on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment.

But because an application must be for a minimum of 30 jobs – and a single employer cannot always provide this many placements – a Kickstart gateway can be used. Richmondshire District Council has become one of these gateways.

“A large employer may be able to submit an application for 30 placements but we wanted to ensure as many of our businesses can benefit from the scheme as possible,” said council leader, Councillor Angie Dale.

“Becoming a gateway means that we can submit an application for 30 placements on behalf of a number of different businesses.”

And Business and Community Manager, Sue White, added: “We are encouraging any business who wants to apply for funding for a placement to get in touch with us as soon as possible.
“We already have interest from a range of different businesses but we need more to fulfil the placement numbers the scheme requests.”
Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers:
• 100% of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of six months
• associated employer National Insurance contributions
• employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions
For further details and to register interest contact business@richmondshire.gov.uk