Kick­start­ing em­ploy­ment for young peo­ple in Ar­gyll and Bute

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A scheme has opened to help small busi­nesses in Ar­gyll to em­ploy young peo­ple.

The Fed­er­a­tion of Small Busi­nesses (FSB) this week an­nounced a new part­ner­ship with Adecco Work­ing Ven­tures to de­liver the UK Gov­ern­ment’s new Kick­start Scheme, which cov­ers Scot­land, Wales and Eng­land.

Along­side lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, busi­ness or­gan­i­sa­tions and the vol­un­tary sec­tor, FSB is also call­ing for a di­ver­sity of in­ter­me­di­ary providers at lo­cal level.

Small firms are in­vited to step up and con­trib­ute jobs for our young peo­ple, whose liveli­hoods are now threat­ened by Covid-19.

The UK un­em­ploy­ment rate has risen to its high­est level for two years, with of­fi­cial fig­ures show­ing those aged 16 to 24 years suf­fer­ing the big­gest drop in em­ploy­ment.

Wendy Hamil­ton, FSB’s area leader for the West of Scot­land and busi­ness owner in He­lens­burgh, said: ‘Small busi­nesses are the big­gest pri­vate em­ployer in Bri­tain and are an in­te­gral part of lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties here in Ar­gyll and Bute. At this crit­i­cal time we have suc­cess­fully worked with gov­ern­ment to de­velop the new Kick­start Scheme, and help small em­ploy­ers to be part of the so­lu­tion. Small busi­nesses have been keen to take part, and to­day’s an­nounce­ment means that they can now do so with con­fi­dence that the sup­port needed for both the em­ployer, and the young per­son, will be in place.’

The Kick­start scheme is part of the UK gov­ern­ment’s ‘Plan for Jobs’, with the aim of help­ing 250,000 16-24-year olds on Uni­ver­sal Credit into work place­ment. Small em­ploy­ers who are keen to of­fer a Kick­start role to a young per­son can reg­is­ter at fsb.org.uk/kick­start

He­lens­burgh busi­ness owner Wendy Hamil­ton, FSB area leader for the West of Scot­land.

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