Work experience for young people consists of a job placement on the employer’s premises, in which students carry out tasks as a paid employee would; while the young people aren’t paid for their work, they gain experience that they can use in life in general, and to seek employment in the future.
Setting up a work experience programme may be daunting for employers, yet it’s indisputably valuable for the students involved, and helps to engage them with education, and develop skills and talents that will help make them more eligible for paid employment. In turn, employees are rewarded with a lightened workload, and employers get to play a role in helping to positively shape the future of a young person.
A successful work placement should offer the student the right opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills that they gained in the classroom, effectively, and:
- Learn how to get acclimatised to the needs of different working environment
- Understand the various challenges of the job
- Help them broaden their thought processes
For the best results from a work placement, students should be able to clearly define and learn the objectives of the job they are asked to perform, and emphasis should be given to those activities that will help them enhance their knowledge and skills. An employer simply finding a work experience person to be a mere replacement of the regular staff at their office, is not what a successful placement is about.
Kickstart Scheme – the training programme for young individuals
Providing funding for employers to help create jobs for 16-to-24-year-olds on universal credits, the new £2 billion Kickstart Scheme is part of the government’s Plan for Jobs.
When did the Kickstart Scheme begin?
6-month placements are now open to 16–24-year old’s claiming Universal Credits, and who are deemed to be at risk of long-term unemployment. Available across a range of sectors throughout England, Scotland and Wales, the scheme was launched by Rishi Sunak in July 2020 and is set to run until December 2021.
How does the Kickstart Scheme work?
Employers that have applied for the scheme will receive funding for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, as well as associated employer National Insurance Contributions and employer minimum auto-enrolment pension contributions. Additional funding is also provided to support young people and help them enter sustained employment once their Kickstart funded job has been completed.
What does the Kickstart Scheme cover for employers?
- 100% of The National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, for a total of 6 months
- Associated employer National Insurance Contributions
- Employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions
Each job placement must adhere to the following rules:
- Employee’s must be given a minimum of 25 hours of paid work every week, for 6 months
- Employers must pay the National Minimum Wage as a minimum, or the appropriate National Living Wage for the employees age group
- Only basic training should be required
- All placements must help the young person to become more employable, and Q Supplies will work with employers to agree upon how this can best be achieved. Employability support could include any of the following:
Looking for long-term work, with career advice and goal-setting tips
Support with CV writing and help preparing for interviews
Further development of their skills in the workplace
Once the young person has completed their 6-month Kickstart Scheme job placement, there may be an opportunity for them to move to another employment scheme.