President's Message - June 2021
It’s been a busy month at the
Chamber. I have met with St Albans City & District Council to discuss how
we can continue to work closely with them as well as Sharron Ireland from the
Department of Works and Pensions about the various initiatives available to
help young people who have lost their jobs in the pandemic and encourage
businesses to re-engage with them.
The Government has introduced the Kickstart Scheme which is one of these initiatives. It provides funding to create new jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. The idea being businesses identify a new need for additional staff. The Government will fund that member of staff’s wages for 25 hours per week at minimum wage for a period of six months. At that point, the employer makes a decision about whether they would like to retain the person and take them on permanently or alternatively whether they can help another Kickstart person. In exchange for this funding, the employer will need to train the member of staff to work usefully in their business and this will provide the worker with valuable work experience to put on their CV.
Whilst this scheme might not be useful for everyone, I would like to think it will help a number of young people to hopefully get back into you gainful employment and give them the confidence to progress in their future career.