The UK government’s Kickstart Apprenticeship scheme is up and running.
The scheme is part of the recovery plan from the pandemic and is designed to help young people in the 16 – 24 year old age group but is also a benefit to businesses. It provides financial support to the employer and the chance to enter the job market for young people, the scheme gives genuine opportunities.
There are many benefits by taking part in the scheme – benefits for both the employer and the apprentice.
Benefits for the employer –
- Gain a new and enthusiastic for their business
- Help a young person into the world of work
- The government pays the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours per week – and pays all National Insurance contributions
Benefits for the apprentice –
- An opportunity to start in the world of work
- They will increase and improve their employability
- Certainty for the apprentice from the scheme which lasts for 6 months
- The apprentice receives ‘wrap around’ support to help them improve their employability, including training and career advice
What could be the drawbacks?
- As with all schemes there is an amount of paperwork involved
- training time could be a factor you need to consider
The Kickstart scheme is delivered by approved GATEWAY providers. They help and support the employer with finding an apprentice, training and general administration of the scheme, recognizing that business owners are busy people who need this support to make the Kickstart scheme work for both them and the apprentice.
Overall given the pros and cons I would consider this a positive scheme for businesses. Giving them the opportunity to expand their workforce with minimal risk and cost whilst also providing a way into work for young people allowing them to gain invaluable on the job experience.