CBI: Extend kickstart scheme by six months

17 Mar 21

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has called on the Government to extend the kickstart scheme deadline until June 2022.

The kickstart scheme was launched in September 2020 and offers funding for businesses to create new job placements for those aged 16 to 24 who are claiming universal credit and at risk of long term unemployment.

The CBI said young people who take part in the scheme are more likely to develop confidence, communication and teamwork skills.

Lord Bilimoria, president of the CBI, said:

“On the one hand, we’ve seen a vote of confidence in the scheme from firms. But on the other – a real sense of worry for employers and school leavers as otherwise ‘oven-ready’ opportunities get lost in delays and red tape.

“With the scheme due to end in less than nine months employers simply don’t have enough time to make the most of it.

“Extending the deadline by six months would account for any delays as our economy re-opens, guarantee time to process the huge demand for placements, and ensure as many young people benefit from the scheme as possible.”

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