Earlier this year, as part of the Chancellor’s Plans for Jobs, the Government’s new Kickstart Scheme was announced. It’s been billed as an innovative new scheme to help young people who are on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment get back into the workplace and improve their chances of finding more permanent roles.
Under the scheme, employers can offer eligible young people a six-month work placement, in a new role that will be fully funded by the government. Unfortunately, there’s a catch. Employers must be able to offer at least 30 placements, unless they make a bid through an intermediary such as the Bar Council.
We think that this represents a wonderful opportunity for our members to grow their respective workforces at no additional cost, whilst also improving the career prospects of some of the most vulnerable young people in our society. If your chambers or organisation would consider participating and would like further information about the scheme, please register your interest with the Bar Council’s Head of Services, Carolyn Entwistle, at firstname.lastname@example.org.