Representatives of the Minister for Work and Pensions, and the Minister for Employment, will be among the guest speakers at a free virtual event on Wednesday March 24th hosted by Make UK, discussing how the government’s Kickstart scheme can provide the next generation of talent and skills. 

Baroness Deborah Stedman-Scott OBE DL and Mims Davies MP will be joined at the Kickstart Your Future Makers event by Make UK’s Skills Policy Expert, Bhavina Bharkhada (pictured), as well as a speaker from one employer already benefitting from the scheme. 

Kickstart provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16- 24-year-olds on Universal Credit. Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours per week for a total of six months. The scheme also covers employer NI contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. 

The one-hour afternoon session will discuss how the scheme can:

  • Attract talent to potential roles that are hard to fill with skill shortages

  • Be a cost-effective method to select new applicants that would not normally be available.

  • Implement new processes, roles and ideas that would not normally be available.

  • Provide additional resources to support business needs and existing staff.

  • Offer opportunities to younger people that may never have been previously available.

  • The importance of skills and the next generation within the manufacturing sector

To register for the event, go to