In an initiative started by OWLs, WLBC is inviting businesses in the borough to register their interest in joining the West Lancs Kickstart scheme.
Back in July Borough Councillors voted unanimously to receive a report in October seeking to recruit more young people to council apprenticeships after Our West Lancashire raised the matter at the council meeting.
OWL Chairman Cllr Adrian Owens said “Young people are 2.5 times more likely to work in the sectors such as hospitality most badly affected by the lockdown measures. The coronavirus pandemic has hit the job prospects of many, but young people’s job prospects have been hit especially hard with youth unemployment doubling in just three months”.
“The council has a good record on apprenticeships, although last year that worryingly dropped away. I’m delighted that councillors from across the political divide shared our concerns and resolved to ask officers to see what more the council could do in this area.”
So now, WLBC will be acting as a Gateway Organisation to help organisations and employers of any size join the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) funded ‘Kickstart’ scheme. The programme will help employers provide work placements for young people alongside a package of help and support to help them improve their future employability and employment prospects.
Placements will last for six months and are paid at minimum wage for 25 hours per week. Organisations can find out more and register their interest by visiting our website http://www.westlancs.gov.uk/kickstart.
Councillor Yvonne Gagen
portfolio holder for Leisure and Human Resources, said “Young people have been hit particularly hard in the job market due to the coronavirus pandemic. We are very proud about the number of apprenticeships we offer to young people to give them a good start in their careers and we see Kickstart as a further opportunity for local employers to get involved”.