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Apprenticeships key to success of Kickstart scheme, says Chamber as it launches

Today marks the launch of the UK’s Kickstart scheme, which allows employers to offer Government-subsidised work placements for young people aged between 16 and 24 who are claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

Commenting on the launch, Scott Knowles, chief executive of East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire), said: “We know that young people have been worst affected by the pandemic, so this fully-funded scheme will help employers with tight cashflow bring them into the workplace and develop new talent for the future.

“To be successful, Kickstart needs to create long-term, quality employment opportunities and ensure that both businesses and employees are fully supported throughout work placements.

“Apprenticeships in particular will play a crucial role in equipping young people for the future as they offer long-term training that also encourages businesses to invest their time and money.”

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