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CXK Calls for Local Employers to Make a Difference to Unemployed Young People

22nd September 2020

CXK has announced its role as an official intermediary for the government’s Kickstart Scheme – a £2 billion fund that will subsidise six-month work placements for people aged 16-24 on Universal Credit.

Through Kickstart, employers will receive funding for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions..

Businesses can currently only register directly if recruiting for 30+ vacancies. CXK is therefore acting as an official intermediary and looking to partner with local organisations who have less than 30 vacancies to offer.

CXK will be offering wraparound support for Kickstart placements to employers, supporting the employer to develop and provide opportunities to unemployed local young people, and supporting those young people to build the skills and confidence they need to be a success.

CXK’s CEO, Pauline Smith, said: “This fully funded scheme will help employers provide meaningful work placements for  young people and develop new talent for the future”.

“CXK is Kent’s leading employability charity and one which has supported thousands of unemployed young people to build the skills and confidence they need to find sustainable employment. We are very excited to support the Government’s  Kickstart scheme  and passionate about bringing local companies and young people together to create new jobs.”

CXK works with young people and adults across the South to improve their skills, confidence and employability. In the past few years, through programmes dedicated to supporting young people who are out of education, employment and training such as the National Careers Service, Talent Match, the Prince’s Trust Team Programme, and the NEET Support Service, CXK has supported over 300,000 young people and adults. .

Employers interested in accessing the Kickstart Scheme should email kickstart@cxk.org, or call 01233 224244.

For further information about the scheme, visit our KickStart page.

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