UKWA has announced its support for the government’s new Kickstart Scheme, which was launched 02 September. Part of the package of support for businesses during coronavirus, the Kickstart Scheme aims to help young people by providing funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24-year olds.
According to UKWA CEO Peter Ward, the scheme offers a great opportunity for the sector to attract young talent.
“Although the proposed support is for an initial six-month placement only, it gives us chance to showcase warehousing and logistics as a fast-paced, IT driven environment with clear career paths, and to recruit the young employees we need as rapid online retail growth brings increased demand for our services,” he said.
Accordingly, UKWA is getting behind the scheme and, in partnership with Associate Member HR Solutions, plans to offer guidance and support to those members keen to be involved, from help with application for funding to delivery of training required by the scheme.
Funding will cover for each job placement:
- 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
- the associated employer National Insurance contributions
- employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions
The first placements are likely to be available from November.
In order to take part, UKWA needs to demonstrate that across the membership there will be demand for a minimum of 30 placements for young people. Therefore, members potentially interested in taking part in the Kickstart scheme are urged to contact the Association with an indication of possible placements.
Peter Ward concludes, “Securing and retaining workers has long been a challenge for our industry. The new Kickstart scheme provides an opportunity for us to recruit and train young people, therefore UKWA stands ready to support members in taking advantage of government funding to bring fresh young talent to our sector!”