In summer 2020 the Chancellor announced a new £2 billion government-funded employer initiative that was aimed at creating six-month paid work placements for 16-24 year olds who are at risk of long-term unemployment due to the pandemic.
For each Kickstart job the government will completely cover the cost of 25 hours a week at the relevant National Minimum Wage in addition to pension and National Insurance contributions. Employers also receive £1,500 per placement for wraparound support for the young person, including personal development and employability skills.
We had a great response to from members to our mailer; out of the 40+ companies who reached out at least 30 of those are now engaging with the Kickstart Scheme and 20 of those are doing so through the Gateway partner Create Jobs, who the APA are also working with.
Create Jobs have been working in the creative D&I space for years and unlike other official government gateways have prioritised fair pay and inclusive workspaces in their application processes for the Kickstart Scheme.
Through partnering with them we are able to offer the employees who will be selected additional wellbeing support, careers guidance and industry specific training through out the 6-months – all of which goes towards making them even more employable at the end of their placements.
We’re very excited to see what this network is able to offer the participants who gain places, and the opportunities that APA, Bullion, Curly TV, Dog Eat Dog, Familia, Feed Me Light, Greatcoat Films, Industry Art, KODE, Lammas Park, Massive Music, Missing Link Films, Passion Pictures, Pebble Studios, Renaissance, Rogue Films, Studio Private, The Sweetshop, Third Channel, Thomas Thomas films and Trim Editing will be able to offer as a working group of companies looking to open more points of entry into our industry.
You can find more information on Creative Jobs as gateway partners HERE.