Atwood Tate have been chosen as an approved Kickstart Gateway for the Kickstart Scheme, and have had close to 100% success rate in getting funding approved for their publishing clients, thus enabling them to create much needed placements for young unemployed
Lynne Willoughby, director at Atwood Tate, said: "We have had clients from all sectors of publishing becoming involved, with many more hoping to take advantage of the scheme over the coming months. We hope to start promoting some of these opportunities this month through our website and social media and throughout the rest of this year.
"Our involvement in promoting and facilitating the scheme has been a great boost to us personally, as it has been fantastic to be able to do something practical to help the many young people that have been getting in touch with us since the start of the pandemic. These young people’s lack of hope and fears of long-term unemployment were very real, so it has been great to offer them something positive.
"Getting your first break within our industry has never been easy and the current climate has made this even more difficult. This scheme provides the perfect platform to give chances to young people who would ordinarily struggle to get a 'foot in the door' due to the extreme competitiveness of entry level opportunities."
The Government’s Kickstart Scheme is designed to help the young unemployed by providing funding to employers to create job placements for 16-24 year olds on Universal Credit. These placements run for 6 months and employers will get 100% of total employment costs for up to 25 hours per week, based on the relevant national minimum wage. There is also a further £1,500 grant available per placement for the support and training of these placements.
Not only is it an excellent initiative to support the next generation through the early stages of their careers and provide them with the skills and experience to move onto sustained employment, it is also an excellent opportunity for the book industry to continue to improve diversity and inclusion.
The only criteria for the roles being created is that they are new roles and do not replace existing or planned vacancies. They should also not cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment. Candidates must be under 25 at the time of starting their placement, to have left full-time education and currently be unemployed and claiming Universal Credit.
Any companies looking to take part in this scheme can contact Atwood Tate to apply for funding on their behalf; the online application form for this service is here: Atwood Tate Gateway KICKSTART Application for Funding Form Survey (surveymonkey.com)
For more information on how Atwood Tate can help companies maximise the scheme’s benefit please contact Lynne Willoughby on email@example.com or 01865 339630.