Kickstart, the centre piece of the Chancellor’s Plan for Jobs, is vital for young people facing long-term unemployment, but it needs to have a core focus on the quality of support and making sure young people aren’t left out says leading thinktank.
A new briefing paper from Learning and Work Institute warns that a focus on creating as many Kickstart jobs as possible must not come at the expense of quality training support or potentially excluding young people that need the most help.
According to the latest labour market figures, the number of young people claiming unemployment-related benefits increased by 124% between March and August. Around 1.9 million young people aged under 24 were furloughed at some point. There is a risk that as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ends, there will be a further substantial rise in youth unemployment.
Learning and Work Institute’s research suggests that the success of Kickstart will depend on five key factors: