Kickstart apprentice scheme launched

The government has introduced a new Kickstart Scheme in Great Britain, a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements aimed at those aged 16 to 24 who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long term unemployment.

Funding available for each job will cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

2 Sisters Food Group has welcomed the scheme. The business currently has 300 jobs available at its UK poultry business, the majority of roles of which are spread across its two large processing sites in Scunthorpe in Lincolnshire and Willand in Devon

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