Samuel Kurtz MS has welcomed the progress of the UK Government’s Kickstart Scheme – which has got 150 young people across Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire into work since its launch in late 2020.
As part of the UK Government’s Plan for Jobs, launched last year to support jobs during the pandemic, the £2 billion Kickstart Scheme pays local businesses to create high-quality jobs for 16–24-year-olds on Universal Credit
100,000 young people across the country have now started a Kickstart job across all types of employers, ranging from sole traders to some of the biggest companies in the country.
Over the last month, on average over 3,400 young people have started a Kickstart job each week, and the scheme was recently expanded and extended until March 2022 so that even more young people can benefit from it.
Commenting, Samuel Kurtz MS said:
“The pandemic has been tough for young people, especially those looking for a job – we want to ensure that no young person is left behind as we continue our recovery.
“The UK Government’s Kickstart Scheme is helping us deliver on that mission – getting 150 young people into work across Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire – as part of the 100,000 helped nationwide, who otherwise may not have got into the job market.
“This will give more young people the best possible start in the workplace – helping them find work, develop their skills, and get a crucial first step on the career ladder.