The economic impact from the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in a significant reduction in employment opportunities across the majority of sectors and age groups. However, the 18-25 year-old age groups were particularly hard hit. A substantial number of young people found themselves completing educational courses only to subsequently find no job opportunities with which to commence gainful employment.
This resulted in many having to claim Universal Credit and in turn, led to the Government introducing their Kickstart Scheme to help prevent 18-25 year-olds from claiming Universal Credit long term.
As a DWP approved Kickstart Gateway, we’ve undertaken research with some of the many hundreds of clients and candidates who have benefited from the Kickstart Scheme and our results clearly demonstrate the success of the scheme and provide a number of reasons for young people to be optimistic about future employment.
From an employer perspective, benefiting from a fully-funded resource for six months, whilst at the same time providing invaluable work experience to a young person, was too good an opportunity to miss for many organisations.
Our survey showed that 98% of organisations who applied for at least one Kickstart placement were approved for those roles, with 79% of organisations filling at least half of them.
How many Kickstart placements did you fill?
How many of your Kickstart placements did you appoint on a permanent basis after the placement ended?
Furthermore, nearly 65% of those organisations took on at least one person on a permanent basis at the end of their Kickstart placement.In fact, more than 40% of Kickstart roles were made permanent by their employer demonstrating the appetite, commitment, and work ethic of many young people on the scheme.
From the young candidate’s perspective, a similar success story resounds.
More than two thirds (69%) of candidates rated the Kickstart Scheme as excellent or very good, with only 4% rating it as poor.
How would you rate your overall experience of the Kickstart Scheme?
Have you / do you expect to return to Universal Credit after your placement?
Even more crucially however, is the fact that 68% of Kickstart candidates – all of whom were claiming Universal Credit prior to getting their placement – had their role made permanent or expected it to be made permanent at the end of the placement.
This will be music to the Government’s ears in terms of the success of the scheme and achieving its primary objective of preventing individuals from claiming benefits long term.
The scheme also benefited the full range of academic abilities, with 30% of candidates having no qualifications (11%) or just GCSEs (19%) and at the other end of the scale, 40% of candidates had degrees or higher.
Did you have any qualifications prior to entering the Kickstart Scheme?
And our survey provides further evidence for young people to be optimistic looking into next year.
94% of the employers surveyed are planning to recruit in 2022 with 87% of those vacancies likely to be suitable for 18-25 year-olds.
How many vacancies in total do you expect to recruit for in 2022?
Do you expect to have vacancies which would be suitable for the 18-25 year old age group?
So after the significant challenges faced by young people over the last couple of years, hopefully 2022 will bring a wave of new hope and optimism when it comes to starting their careers.
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