Pact has struck up a partnership with experienced media industry apprenticeships provider, DiVA, to offer our members the opportunity to take part in the Government's Kickstart Scheme. We will be running a Briefing Webinar later this month to share the details and answer your questions.
What is the Kickstart Scheme?
The Scheme is part of the wider Plan for Jobs, announced by the Chancellor last Summer, and aims to create jobs for young people aged 16 - 24 who are claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.
In essence, employers offer a 6-month placement to an individual and receive funding for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum auto-enrolment pension contributions.
Why the Pact/DiVA partnership for indies?
One of the key conditions of the Scheme is that applications must be for a minimum of 30 job placements. This obviously presents a significant barrier to SMEs, who may want to participate but cannot offer that many placements alone. However, the Scheme allows for smaller entities to partner with other organisations to reach the minimum number, and submit an application through a Gateway Organisation.
Since the Scheme was first announced, we have been looking closely at the details and have been liaising with members to gauge the level of demand. This has led to our decision to find a partner organisation through whom to offer the scheme to Pact members.
We have decided to work with DiVA, led by Founder and Director Arit Eminue, because of their experience running apprenticeships across the creative sector. They are an official Kickstart Gateway Organisation and are also running a similar Kickstart Scheme for the music industry. DiVA will be responsible for the group application of Pact member companies, helping with key aspects of the Scheme including recruitment and the grant payment process, as well as delivering the required training elements for participants.
The opportunity will be open to Pact member companies across England, Scotland and Wales who can offer a placement or placements which meet the criteria. The Scheme is not currently available in Northern Ireland.
Commenting on the Kickstart Scheme, Pact CEO John McVay said: “We are really pleased at the level of interest shown by our members in taking part in the Government's Kickstart Scheme and we're happy to be able to facilitate this by partnering with DiVA. Pact is committed to inclusion in the TV and film industry and we hope that this scheme will provide opportunities for young people who might otherwise not be able to access them.”
DiVA Founder and Director Arit Eminue added: “We’re looking forward to supporting Pact Members to access the resource they need during this period, and help young people, especially those from underrepresented groups, to develop their careers in our industry.”
We are hosting a Briefing Webinar at 2:00pm on Wednesday 20th January for Pact members who are interested in finding out more.
This will be an opportunity to hear from Arit about the Scheme; the application, recruitment and onboarding process; the training that will be delivered by DiVA; the grant payment process, and more. There will also be time for Q&A.
Register for the Briefing Webinar here.
NB. You need to be a Pact member to register. If you are not currently a Pact member but are interested in finding out more about the Pact/DiVA Kickstart Scheme, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: we will share full details of how to apply for the Scheme through DiVA in due course.