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Northern Roof Training Groups are on board with new Kickstart initiative

by Jennie Ward

“With this type of support, here’s a golden opportunity to trial individuals who may, in due course, prove suitable for further training/upskilling at a time when we are faced with a critical shortage of skilled labour.”

The Government’s recent launch of the Kickstart initiative has prompted both North West and Yorkshire Roof Training Groups to get on board with Gateway organisations Procure Plus and En:Able Futures to assist their Members in the recruitment of new staff.

The objective of Kickstart is to help young people aged from 16-24 and in receipt of Universal Credit get back into work and boost the UK economy. 

Although a Kickstart application must be for a minimum of 30 job placements, as it’s unlikely that single employers will be able to provide this number they can apply for just one individual place (or more), by using an existing Kickstart Gateway.

The Government will fund each kickstart job, paying 100% of National Minimum Wage, National Insurance, and pension contributions for 25 hours a week. Employers will be able to top up this wage, and can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021 Government will also pay employers £1,500 to establish support and training for those on placement, as well as helping to pay for uniforms and other set-up costs. 

Sue Wharton, Group Training Officer for the North West Roof Training Group, explained: “With this type of support, here’s a golden opportunity to trial individuals who may, in due course, prove suitable for further training/upskilling at a time when we are faced with a critical shortage of skilled labour. We are all aware that we can no longer rely on family and friends to form the backbone of our sector. An extra bonus for employers is available via Procure Plus as they are providing a ‘site-ready’ service, so those new to construction can take advantage of relevant free training, HSE tests and CSCS Cards.”

Denise Cherry, GTO for the Yorkshire Independent Roof Training Group, is promoting the initiative to 100 group members and the group’s work with En-Able Futures will give the option of The Health Safety and Environment Course, CSCS Cards and practical roof training to ensure that young people become knowledgeable and useful on site during the first month. Denise explained: “This really is a good offer for companies to recruit young people to support their existing workforce, and potentially take up further learning to become permanent employees.”

More information about the Kickstart scheme is available at www.gov.uk

www.northwestrooftraining.co.uk / www.yirtg.org.uk

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