Funding available for local businesses employing young people as part of government initiative

Hackney Council is looking for employers and other partners to work with us to create work placements for residents and school leavers aged 16-24.

Government “Kickstart” funding will cover the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week over six months. The Council’s ask to employers is to top up wages to a minimum of £8.72 per hour. In addition to the wage subsidy, £1,500 per job placement is paid to employers for setup costs, support and training. 

Employers can submit an application for a minimum of 30 placements for the government funded scheme. Hackney Council knows smaller employers won’t be able to offer a high number of placements, which is why we will be working with employers of all sizes to coordinate and apply for funding for placements across the borough. 

The Council’s offer to employers and partners:

  • Submit a funding application on your behalf, and disburse grant funding to you
  • Provide a toolkit of best practice and training to create quality work placements
  • Work with our DWP partners to give you a shortlist of suitable candidates
  • Provide preparation, in-work and progression support for participants; working with education sector partners and employers who can offer training, mentoring or career insight for young people
  • Support you to develop progression routes such as apprenticeships.

The Council’s Inclusive Economy strategy focuses on the creation of meaningful, quality paid employment opportunities for Hackney residents and school leavers, ensuring everyone can benefit from Hackney’s economic growth. 

Why work with Hackney?

  • We have a track record of delivering successful early career schemes. We were named the Top Public Sector Employer at the 2018 and 2019 School Leaver Awards, and the London Employer of the Year at the National Apprenticeship Awards 2019
  • We have a large talent pool of Hackney 16-24 year olds, with links to local schools, colleges and universities
  • We have the expertise and partnerships to ensure young people are prepared and supported through their placements.

Our Hackney 100 and apprenticeship programmes have created hundreds of opportunities for our residents to start or develop their careers, and this new funding gives us the opportunity to build on this work with partners at a critical time.

For more information complete our short expression of interest form and one of our team will get in touch.

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