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6 Apr 2022

According to Cycling UK, business booms by 30% when people cycle to the high street. But they need somewhere to park. You can attract cyclists directly to your door by offering secure bike...

31 Mar 2022

Each week Maybe* round up the best social media posts from across the UK. See who's coming...

31 Mar 2022

Cytech is going from strength to strength with an ever-increasing number of expansions both in the UK and abroad. 2020-21 were exceptional years with 3 locations opening, and now with the new...

24 Mar 2022

Retailers have until 1st April to sign up on the Local Bike Shop Day website and receive a physical pack in the post to help them promote their business on the day and drive footfall into their...

24 Mar 2022

As online and digital payments have continued to grow in popularity over the past few years, unfortunately so does the risk of fraud. SCA intends to combat this risk by providing a more secure...

24 Mar 2022

Shop owners can now experience the full capabilities of Hubtiger without having to connect to a POS system.

24 Mar 2022

This briefing outlines the most relevant announcements for the cycling sector gathered by the ACT through our involvement in the

23 Mar 2022

Being a HUDJO host puts your business on the bike parking map. You give cyclists a secure place to park and the app makes the whole transaction easy.

23 Mar 2022

The evening of Tuesday 15th March marked the launch of Fully Charged Guildford, with 100 people coming to the...

17 Mar 2022

Bristol City Council has set aside funding for businesses, charities and social enterprises to encourage use of Bristol's vacant commercial property

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Kickstart scheme applications ending next week

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News , Political News

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment.

Originally due to end on 31 December 2021, it has since been announced (4th October 2021) that the scheme has been extended until March 2022.

Employers of all sizes now have until 17 December 2021 to apply for funding which covers:

On top of this funding, an additional £1,500 payment is also made to the employer per placement to support with setup costs and employability training.

Employers can spread the start dates of the job placements up until 31 March 2022, with funding available for 6 months once the young person has started.

Further funding is available for training and support so that young people on the scheme can get a job in the future. So far more than 120,000 jobs for 16 to 24 year olds have now been created through the Kickstart Scheme, as ministers have urged more employers to get involved.

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Read the Kickstart Scheme - a guide for employer

Now even simpler for employers to join

Since February 2021 the Department for Work and Pensions allows retailers to apply directly for its Kickstart Scheme regardless of the number of jobs to be funded, having amended from the previous requirement for retailers applying for funding for 29 or fewer placements to partner with an external ‘Kickstart Gateway' for quality checks.

Placements must start by the end of March 2022 and must be new jobs - they cannot reduce working hours for other colleagues. To ensure all job placements continue to be of a high quality, the government will continue to apply rigorous checks on training support and finances.

Further guidance about the Kickstart Scheme is available here. Please contact the ACT directly if you would like any further information about the ACT, Cytech or the Kickstart Scheme.

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