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Composites UK, NCC help industry to use govt scheme

Oct '20
Pic: Composites UK
Pic: Composites UK
Composites UK and the National Composites Centre (NCC) have joined hands to help the composites industry benefit from the new government Kickstart Gateway scheme. The scheme provides funds to employers, even if not member of Composites UK or NCC, to create new six-month jobs for young people who are on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

Composites UK and the NCC will work with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to facilitate the application process. Job placements will be checked for eligibility and then sent on for funding on the company’s behalf. Companies do not need to be a member of Composites UK or the National Composites Centre to take part in the scheme.

The job placements created with Kickstart funding must be new jobs and must not replace existing or planned vacancies, or cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment.

Through the scheme, companies will be able to access a large pool of young people with potential, ready for an opportunity. Candidates will apply for the job placements and companies can choose who to employ. Companies will only obtain funding if they appoint a young person from the pool on offer.

Funding available for each job will cover the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. There will also be funding available to support young people to develop new skills and to help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart funded job.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (SV)

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