Youth unemployment has been a problem for a while. Young people learn essential skills in employment that they can use later in their careers. When young people are unemployed, it can mean that they are deprived of learning these skills and it can negatively impact their job prospects.

Between April and June 2021, 13.1 percent of 16–24-year-olds were unemployed.  This was a decrease from the previous quarter and the year before. However, unemployment levels in the 16-24 age group are still significantly high and have been for a long time, prompting the UK government to initiate the Kickstart scheme.


The importance of the Kickstart scheme

The Kickstart scheme is a government programme aimed at young people aged between 16 and 24 who are currently on Universal credit. The scheme provides funding to employers to allow more job opportunities to be created for young people and prevent them from falling into a cycle of long-term unemployment.

The young people will be given the chance to undertake six-month work placements in a varied array of industries. At their new job, they are given crucial training and they can learn excellent transferable skills that can help them find a permanent and stable job.


Mutually beneficial for employers and employees

The Kickstart scheme is very beneficial to the young people who are employed but it is also advantageous for employers too. Employers can gain a new and fresh perspective from young employees who might see a different and innovative angle when it comes to business processes. They are in tune with the needs of their own age group and can help to generate a wider, younger client base.

Businesses that participate in the scheme have the chance to do some tangible good by ensuring that no young people get left behind in the jobs market. It is very important to train our youth and make sure that they have the skills to drive forward the economy and support themselves independently.


How to join the Kickstart Scheme?

It is very easy for young people who want to participate in the Kickstart Programme to do so. For anyone aged between 16 and 24 and currently claiming Universal Credit, your local Jobcentre will be able to take you through all the criteria to ensure that you are eligible and find you the various roles that are available in your region.

For employers and businesses that want to be a part of the scheme, you can apply online or use a Kickstart gateway  to join and offer someone the chance of a lifetime to learn a range of invaluable skills at your company.


Why we decided to participate in the Kickstart Scheme

At TipTop Media, our ethos is to support sustainability and encourage kindness by helping those around us as we recognise just how important it is to ensure that every young person has the chance at a successful future.

This month we welcomed our very first Kickstarter and we are proud to say that it has been a resounding success. We want to encourage young people and give them the tools to go forward with all the skills they will need to succeed.

We truly care about the world around us and we’re currently involved in other social programmes, including our recycling drive. Young people and the planet are our future and we want to support them both to ensure that this future is bright for everyone.

At TipTop Media, we believe in the importance of people and we offer a friendly and personalised service to all our customers. We prioritise exceptional customer service, confidentiality and eco-friendly processes. To use any of our services, please email us at TipTop Media or call us on 020 3234 0090.

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