RNN Training (part of the RNN Group) is working in partnership with Jobcentre Plus to help local young people aged 16 – 24 secure six-month work placements with local businesses as part of the Government’s Kickstart Scheme.
The scheme, a £2 billion fund intended to create hundreds of thousands of high-quality work placements for young people, will see Government funding cover the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours per week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.
Employers can also access a grant of up to £1,500 per Kickstarter. The grant is available to support young people in developing the skills they need to move into sustained employment once they have completed their Kickstart funded job.
As part of the programme, RNN Training will liaise with Jobcentre Plus in finding a selection of candidates. It will also support employers through providing basic training and certifications to Kickstarters such as CSCS cards, health and safety at work courses or bespoke short courses in areas such as engineering or hospitality through its partner colleges Rotherham College, North Notts College and Dearne Valley College. Job seekers will also receive support with creating CVs and preparing for interviews.
RNN Training’s Director of Employer Partnerships, James Godsell, is looking for local businesses to provide opportunities for talented, work-ready young people from across South Yorkshire and North Nottinghamshire.
James said: “The Kickstart Scheme is a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to benefit from the talent, skills and enthusiasm of local young people.
“At RNN Training we work with thousands of young people and hundreds of local businesses from a wide range of sectors every year. Our role in the scheme is to help businesses identify opportunities where a Kickstarter could come in on a six-month placement, we will ensure that the young people selected by the Jobcentre reach a minimum level of knowledge and skills before starting their placement and can play a part in helping the business either grow or recover as we continue to navigate the ongoing situation with COVID.”
You can find out more about the Kickstart Scheme here.