Maria Caulfield MP welcomes Sussex Chamber of Commerce support for Kickstart scheme

Maria Caulfield MP has welcomed the support of the Sussex Chamber of Commerce for the government Kickstart scheme that plans to invest £2 billion to support young people into work.

The Kickstart scheme is a £2 billion fund designed to create hundreds of thousands of high quality, 6-month work placements for young people aged 16-24, who are claiming Universal Credit.

As the Government launches its Kickstart scheme, aimed at helping young people into work, the Sussex Chamber of Commerce and the British Chamber network are working together to support businesses to maximise the benefits of the scheme.

The Government will fund 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours per week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. £1,500 is also available per placement to support and train the young person. This means that for any business, of any size and operating in any sector who is looking to create quality jobs for young people can apply to create new 6-month job placements and support the next generation through the early stages of their career to develop skills and experience.

Sussex Chamber is acting as an intermediary and will collate business placements and offer advice and guidance to businesses. Businesses do not need to be a member of the Sussex Chamber to receive this support.

Maria Caulfield MP said “I have recently called on local businesses to back the Kickstart scheme and it is brilliant to have the support of the Sussex Chamber of Commerce for this excellent scheme that will really help young people find high quality jobs. Not only will the Sussex Chamber provide this support, it is also available to businesses who are not members meaning that any business wanting to take part in the Kickstart scheme can receive this support.”

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