Council to offer paid job placements to young people

Midlothian Council is pleased to offer up to 30 young people job placements of no less than six months at £10.04 per hour as part of the government’s Kickstart scheme.

Up to 30 in third sector too

The council will also support the third sector to place up to 30 more young people in areas such as early learning and community care.

COVID impact

Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Councillor Russell Imrie said: “The career opportunities of our young people have been significantly impacted by the COVID pandemic.

New opportunities

“By participating in the Kickstart scheme and as Midlothian’s largest employer, we are increasing the life chances of our young people by providing the opportunity to gain new skills and knowledge vital for their future success while earning money to inject back into the local economy.”

To qualify

To qualify for the scheme the young person must be:

  • aged between 16-24
  • claiming universal credit

A £2 billion UK fund

The Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion fund, announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in July 2020, with the aim of creating hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements for young people who have lost jobs and opportunities because of coronavirus.

Minimum 25 hours per week

The young people will be offered a placement of a minimum of 25 hours a week for six months. They will be paid at least the minimum wage for their age group.

Learning new skills

Placements will not require extensive training beforehand and young people will also learn vital skills such as writing a CV, how to prepare for an interview and other career advice.

Open to all employers

All employers in Midlothian can take part in the scheme. The minimum number of placements is 30 and small organisations which have fewer places available than that figure can partner with other similar employers to make up the total number.

Support funds

Employers will get £1,500 funding per job placement for setup costs and to support the young person develop their employability skills. The fund will also pay 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage (or the national living wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours a week for a total of 6 months; associated employer National Insurance contributions; and employer minimum automatic pension enrolment contributions.

Going forward

The council will now identify services with placement opportunities and it will give more information about how to apply in coming weeks.




6 Nov 2020