The Wise Group becomes Kickstart intermediary

The Wise Group becomes Kickstart intermediary as young people face biggest employment challenges.

The Wise Group is delighted to be a recognised intermediary organisation for the UK Government’s Kickstart scheme. The Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements for young people aged 16-24, who are claiming Universal Credit.

Official figures show that unemployment in the UK has risen to its highest level for two years, with the 16 to 24 age group experiencing the biggest drop in employment compared with other groups. Some 156,000 fewer young people were in employment in the three months to July compared with the previous quarter with signs that unemployment will increase rapidly as the UK Government’s Job Retention Scheme comes to an end on 31st October.

Sean Duffy, Wise Group CEO, said:

“The Wise Group has years of experience and an excellent track-record in supporting employability programmes. We know how to manage successful partnerships and our technical innovation is first in class in remote delivery and reducing bureaucracy of public programme management.

“I’m delighted to support our business community as collectively we strive to support more young people into the job market and contribute to economic recovery. I’m calling on leaders, particularly in the SME community, to get in touch with us to be their Kickstart representative.”

To apply for the Kickstart scheme directly with the Government businesses will need to have a minimum of 30 placements. Businesses requiring less than 30 placements are required to work with an intermediary. The Wise Group can support your placement needs as well as provide the wraparound support and guidance, as part of a suite of initiatives, that new recruits will need to progress towards sustainable employment.

To be a placement provider on the scheme with the Wise Group as your Kickstart representative, visit www.thewisegroup.co.uk/kickstart-scheme or email kickstart@thewisegroup.co.uk.