Business in the Community urges business to adopt Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme launched today by the UK government is a light at the end of the tunnel for thousands of young people across the country. With recent research suggesting that one-third of 18 to 24-year-olds have been furloughed or lost their job (Resolution Foundation, 2020) and exam results chaos last month forcing many young people to change their future plans, today’s announcement will provide hope for many. 

Nicola Inge, employment and skills director at Business in the Community, said: “All responsible businesses should take the time to think about whether they can create a Kickstart opportunity and throw a young person a lifeline. For young people, these six month placements are an opportunity to get a career off to the right start in an economy where chances are few and far between. For businesses, they are a chance to tap into young, diverse talent. 

But if you are going to do this, do it right. We recommended that government include three key components in their guidance to Kickstart placements – and now we’re asking businesses to do the same:

  1. Assign a buddy, in addition to a line manager, to provide support, encouragement and a friendly face throughout the placement;
  2. Provide opportunities for participants to develop and reflect on their essential skills, ideally using the Skills Builder Universal Framework;
  3. Offer a guaranteed interview for any suitable opportunities for up to six months after their placement has successfully completed.” 

Business in the Community is supporting its members to make the most of the Kickstart Scheme, helping the UK to build back responsibly.

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To find out more, contact Isabel Wilkinson, Head of Media, Public Affairs and Policy, Business in the Community on 07702 903 216 or isabel.wilkinson@bitc.org.uk

About Business in the Community

Business in the Community is the oldest and largest business-led membership organisation dedicated to responsible business. We were created nearly 40 years ago by HRH The Prince of Wales to champion responsible business.

We inspire, engage and challenge members and we mobilise that collective strength as a force for good in society to:

  • develop a skilled and inclusive workforce for today and tomorrow
  • build thriving communities where people want to live and work
  • innovate to sustain and repair our planet.

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