Make UK receives government backing for talent generation

By Georgia Wilson
Make UK has received backing from the UK government to kickstart the next generation of talent in manufacturing...

In an announcement made by Make UK (the manufacturers’ organisation), has received government backing to help drive the next generation of talent in manufacturing by boosting the Kickstart scheme.

“Make UK is supporting some fantastic businesses to access our DWP Kickstart Scheme, helping hundreds of young people to get into the manufacturing sector. I encourage other employers from this innovative and exciting industry to get involved in Kickstart and join the national effort behind our Plan for Jobs which is creating fresh opportunities for young people as we push to build back better,” said Minister for Employment Mims Davies MP.

What is the Kickstart scheme?

In the last year, Make UK has helped hundreds of young people affected by the pandemic, and is a strong supporter of the Kickstart scheme to develop skills, and potential careers in UK manufacturing. 

The Kickstart scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for those between 16 and 24 that are on universal credit. The scheme also covers employer national insurance (NI) contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

So far the scheme has already created over 150,000 jobs, providing opportunities that will boost the career prospects of young people, providing skills and experience. 

“There are significant opportunities available for young people in manufacturing to build a highly skilled and valuable career. This is an innovative scheme designed to help both young people and employers and I would urge companies to take advantage of the help that it provides to recruit young talent,” added Stephen Phipson, Chief Executive of Make UK.

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