Mims Davies MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Employment, Department for Work and Pensions, spoke on 13th November at a CBI webex on the kickstart scheme. ....

Kickstarter- CBI Webex

Mims Davies MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Employment at the Department for Work and Pensions spoke on Friday 13th November at an exclusive CBI member webex at the CBI member consultation on the kickstart scheme.

The scheme announced by the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak MP, gives a lifeline to young people to help prevent them from becoming long term unemployed.

The scheme, which was first announced back in July, will fund the direct creation of hundreds of thousands of additional 6-month Kickstart roles jobs for young people at risk of long-term unemployment and will also include wider support for participants to improve their longer-term employability. It will give young people the chance to build their confidence and skills in the workplace, and to gain experience that will improve their chances of progressing to find long-term, sustainable work. For those looking for further information on the scheme, you can find our FAQ doc here.

Placements have started this month and run through until December 2021. Applications can be made now and employers do not need to be ready to take on new starters immediately. Mims Davies MP confirmed that applications are currently taking approximately 1 month to complete- partly because of the volume of new applications. This should move to a 2-week turnaround as the system is refined. Ann Kennedy from Department of Work and Pensions answered questions in the webex and it is clear that it is an evolving scheme and the system is being constantly refined.

To date there have been 20,000 applications from an incredible breadth of different businesses.

More information can be found here.

Applications for smaller numbers of employees can be made through gateway groups, this can be done through Trade Associations including BFM. For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

See BFM Kickstarter factsheet.

BFM are members of CBI and BFM members can benefit from the business support from this highly respected organisation.