Wythenshawe businesses are being reminded about the opportunity to offer work placements to unemployed young people and have all the costs covered by the government.

The Kickstart programme was set up in response to the coronavirus pandemic and means businesses can take on a 16-24-year-old for six months, all funded by Downing Street.

Charity BW3 has set itself up as an intermediary of the scheme, offering a way for small and medium-sized firms in the area to take part.

Anyone considering signing up can find out more at a virtual networking event, on November 26, at which Wythenshawe and Sale East MP and Shadow Aviation Minister Mike Kane will also speak.

Companies offering 30 placements or more can apply directly to the scheme, which also provide grants to support training in things like interview skills and CV writing for those taking part.

But smaller businesses wanting to offer placements to fewer young people can still take advantage of the programme by signing-up through BW3.

The charity – founded by local businesses to support the economic and social wellbeing of Wythenshawe – has already had strong interested from a wide range of firms in the area.

It is now gearing up to submit its application to the Department for Work and Pensions and is issuing a final call for interested businesses to get on board.

Nathan Jack, of the BW3 committee, said: “It has been really pleasing to see how many local businesses are eager to work with BW3 to access Kickstart.

“It is a great way for companies to welcome a new team member at a time they need it most, while also giving a young person an opportunity to take their first career step – and all at no cost to the business itself.

“We are eager to start advertising the opportunities as soon as possible, but want to give businesses interested in Kickstart one last chance to come forward.

“That is why we would urge anyone with an interest, to visit our website for more information, or tune into the virtual Wythenshawe Business Gateway event to find out more.”

Businesses interested in taking part would sign-up with BW3 as an intermediary. Their vacancy would then be advertised via Jobcentre Plus, with a dedicated team working to put forward suitable candidates. 

The placements run for six months and the government will fund the role – on minimum wage – for the whole time.

In addition, participating businesses will receive a grant to provide the young person with support, such as CV writing and interview skills.

To register your interest in creating one or more Kickstart jobs, please complete the BW3 Kickstart Employer Enquiry Form and the BW3 Co-ordinator will contact you to explain more.

There is more information on the Kickstart scheme available on the BW3 website

The Wythenshawe Business Gateway event will take place on Thursday 26th November at 5pm and you can sign up via Eventbrite to join the FREE virtual meeting, and network with like minded business people.