Published on: 15 October 2020British Marine is delighted to be acting as a Kickstart Gateway Employer Representative for the new Government Kickstart Scheme in Great Britain. With no cost to an employer, the Government aims to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements aimed at those aged 16 to 24 who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long term unemployment. A £2 billion fund has been made available for the scheme.
British Marine has been encouraging members and the wider industry to take advantage of the free scheme and the benefits of taking on a staff member(s). The Government will fully fund each “Kickstart” job - paying 100% of the age-relevant National Minimum Wage, National Insurance and pension contributions for 25 hours a week. The Government will also pay employers £1500 to set up support and training for people on a Kickstart placement, as well as helping pay for uniforms and other set up costs.
Whilst the scheme is accessible directly for employers who can commit to 30 placements, to ensure the scheme is available to marine businesses of all sizes, British Marine has committed to the role of Employer Representative Organisation on behalf of the marine sector and wider maritime industry. As a result, the first 30 work placements are already being processed by the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP), with British Marine acting on behalf of these businesses handling the grant application and administration.
Lesley Robinson, CEO of British Marine, said; “The Kickstart Scheme is a fantastic opportunity for British Marine members and the wider marine industry, and a welcome response to the pandemic from the Government. The Leisure Marine industry is a large employer, with the UK’s 5,800 marine businesses directly contributing £1.4bn GVA to the country’s economy and faces the challenges of skills shortages. The Kickstart scheme’s innovation creates a unique incentive for employers and workers alike.
“British Marine is making it easy for businesses to join and I am pleased so many are signing up to use the scheme. This is just the start and I strongly encourage as many employers as possible to apply, and embrace this chance to expand their workforce, and give young people the chance to develop their employability skills.
“The People & Skills pillar of British Marine’s National Agenda aims to help create a future workforce with the skills, training and passion for our industry, and the Kickstart Scheme is a great example of how British Marine is proactively doing this, through supporting the industry and the young people entering the marine sector, and hopefully retaining the talent at the end of the placement in the industry.”
Two British Marine members taking advantage of the Kickstart Scheme commented further:
Jon Partridge, CEO at RS Sailing, said; “We are glad British Marine has taken the lead with the Kickstart Scheme. As a company of 40 employees, and unable to commit to the 30 work placements required to apply directly for the scheme, RS Sailing would not have been able to access the opportunity and benefits without British Marine’s assistance. We feel the work placements are going to support the growth of RS Sailing in 2021.”
Chris Fower, Sales & Marketing Director at Fischer Panda UK, said; “When the Kickstart Scheme was presented to us by British Marine we saw this is a great opportunity to bring onboard a young trainee who could potentially develop in the role and secure a long term career within our fast-growing engineering and technical support team. We equally feel it’s just as important to give young people job opportunities with progression in these difficult times and we look forward to working with British Marine to assist in developing the next generation of marine engineers.”
The British Marine Kickstart Gateway is still open for any business in the wider leisure marine industry who are interested in the scheme and have work placement opportunities. If you have questions or want to know how to get involved, please contact, Blue Davies, Head of Training at British Marine by emailing email@example.com.