Chamber Celebrates its First Kickstarter

Date: 24/02/2021
Author: Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
Company: Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce has secured its first placement for a young person under the Kickstart Scheme.

The Chamber is an approved gateway for the Kickstart Scheme, which provides funding to create new job placements for young people who are at risk of long-term unemployment.

The first person to be placed by the Chamber under the scheme is Thomas, who started as a Trainee Production Operative at Pearl Window Systems this week.

Jeff Walsh, MD and Owner of Pearl Windows, said: “Pearl has a long history of employing people of all ages and in particular young people from the community. In fact, last year alone, we increased our headcount by just over 20% which was incredible for us.

“The pandemic has been tough for lots of people, not least young adults and so when we learned about Kickstart giving us the opportunity to take even more youngsters on then we jumped at the chance to be involved.

“We start our first two placements this week and our HR Manager tells me they are amongst the best young people he has seen in a while. We have big plans for the continued growth of the business, and we are planning on at least another 10 Kickstart placements this year to help us with this.”

Diane Elebert-Morgan, Kickstart Scheme Manager at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, said: “The Chamber is very proud to be part of the Kickstart Scheme, which provides funding to create job placements for 16 to 24-year-olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment.

“During these difficult economic times, young people are particularly at risk of unemployment and Kickstart provides that extra support to help them gain valuable experience and training.

“Employers of all sizes can apply for funding and the Chamber can help you access the Kickstart talent pool whether you need to recruit just one person or a whole group of people.”

Through the Kickstart Scheme, employers can apply for funding which covers:

  • 100% of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months
  • associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021.

Further funding is available for training and support so that young people on the scheme can get a job in the future.

For more information on the Kickstart Scheme, contact