News / 12.10.20
The NASC is looking to become a gateway organisation for the Kickstart Scheme
The Covid-19 pandemic has created unique challenges since it arrived on our shores in March. Since then, the NASC and its members have responded to the rapidly changing environment with resilience, innovation and diligence and continue to do so.
Now that the scaffolding industry is largely back to work under ‘new normal’ conditions, attention has turned to addressing the latest challenge – recruitment and in particular, the recruitment of young people and apprentices.
Young people have been severely affected by the pandemic with latest estimates suggesting that 40 per cent of all employed 18-24-year olds lost their jobs over the lockdown period.
This situation is compounded by the fact Apprenticeship funding by and large has been slashed and, in many instances, is not available while the Government evaluates its funding priorities. This has an immediate and profound impact on NASC members and of course, the industry as a whole.
The NASC has made recruitment of younger people one of its core strategic priorities over the last few years, understanding that there is an aging workforce within the industry that is literally an existential threat.
The NASC have successfully embarked on a raft of initiatives that includes school and college visits, organising open days, participating in careers events and creating pre-employment training schemes (P.E.T.S). With the pandemic ongoing, these activities have unfortunately paused.
To continue supporting members in their efforts to recruit young people, the NASC is looking to become a gateway organisation for the Kickstart Scheme, which provides funding to employers to create new six-month job placements for young people.
The scheme can support the recruitment of apprentices, meaning that members can have a 16-24-year-old on a Kickstart placement – with their wages paid for by government – before taking them on as an apprentice.
With NASC acting as the gateway organisation we can work with the Department for Work and Pensions to find suitable individuals for your job placements. Working through us any organisation, regardless of size, can access the scheme and receive funding. The job placements created with Kickstart funding must be new jobs. They must not:
The roles must be:
Once a job placement is created, it can be taken up by a second (third) person once the first successful applicant has completed their 6-month term. It’s also important to remember that the roles can be for any part of the business, not just scaffolders.
So, if there’s been a long-standing need for administration support, a junior estimator or anything else, this is the perfect opportunity.
There is £1,500 of funding for the employer for each job placement to help with set up costs, for support and training, as well as helping pay for uniforms, equipment, tools and other employability skills.
Candidates will apply for the job placements and you can choose who to employ. Employers can only obtain funding if they appoint a young person that DWP have introduced.
The employer will receive initial setup costs (£1,500) when they have confirmed the young person has started work, is enrolled on their payroll and is being paid through PAYE.
DWP will use information from HMRC to check that the young person is still employed, and will pay the wage grant in arrears.
A Kickstart Scheme application must be for a minimum of 30 job placements. That is why the NASC is looking to serve as a gateway organisation, and looking for at least 30 placements to be created across the NASC membership.
To register your interest in taking part in this Scheme, NASC members are asked to contact NASC Training Officer Henry Annafi via email.
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