In the latest statistics from the Office of National Stats (2020), 750, 000 16-to-24-year-olds are usually claiming Universal Credit. This shows the large numbers of young people being severely financially impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak and unable to find work.
To support young people looking for work during this difficult time the UK Govt has launched the ‘Kickstart’ Scheme, with £2bn worth of financing being made available to employers. Through the Start Scheme, the Government will provide funding to get employers to offer work to teenagers on Universal Credit.
Ordinarily, to apply for the funding accessible through the Government’s Kickstart Scheme just one employer must be able to provide a minimum of 30 job placements. However , being a not for profit, the Security Start has stepped up to become a Gateway Provider for the security industry. This enables many more employers within the security business, that are looking to create 29 or fewer jobs placements for young people, to obtain funding through the Kickstart Scheme.
The government funding available through the Start Scheme will finance 6-month work placements for young people. Employers will be paid 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours of work a week, plus National Insurance plan and Auto Enrolment Pension efforts. There is also the option for employers to purchase additional hours, helping the scheme best benefit the needs of a specific organisation.
Also, there exists a £1, 500 grant per job placement available to help employers pay money for that setup, support and training costs that may be incurred when inducting a new employee.
Following this 6-month placement, the employer can offer permanent employment to the young person or let them find other opportunities elsewhere with additional experience now on their CV to support future applications.
The Security Institute hopes the fact that Kickstart Scheme will help introduce a lot more talented young people to the world of security plus open the doors to a whole selection of opportunities available within the sector. In order to improve standards and help create a strong foundation for the sector’s achievement in the future, the Security Institute recognises how the sector must attract and accepted the diverse talent amongst the younger generation in the UK. Young people’s fresh viewpoint will help the sector better tackle a wide variety of different challenges faced by security professionals and will ensure that we have been best equipped to meet the security dangers of the future.
Many the younger generation may not have even considered a role within security, there are a wide spectrum of roles that fall under the safety umbrella and lots of potential opportunities for young people to establish a successful career irrespective of their skillset or interests. It is hoped that by employers within the security industry participating in the Start Scheme, more young people will see how fulfilling a career in security could be.
Speaking on the Start Scheme and its importance for the safety industry, the Security Institute’s Chief Executive, Rick Mounfield CSyP FSyI stated: “The challenges faced by the security field continue to evolve and magnify, as a result it is imperative that we seek in order to attract more talented young people to security. The Kickstart Scheme provides presented a fantastic opportunity for us to do this, with full financial support from the UK Government. As a growth sector with various skills gaps, the safety industry can provide an array of interesting plus fulfilling roles for young people. ”
To get involved in the Start Scheme by becoming a registered employer with the Security Institute please email [email protected] org and you can find further information right here: https://www.kickstart-security.com/