More than 270 employers have already applied for funding from the £ 20million employer incentive scheme, launched by the Communities Department last month. JobStart is designed to help young people aged 16 to 24 facing additional employment challenges due to the impact of Covid-19.
Speaking after a visit to Crowded Space Drones, a video production company that offered nine positions to JobStart attendees, Minister Hargey said: “The economic impact of Covid-19 on the employment prospects of our young people cannot be underestimated. This is why I made it my priority to support young people aged 16 to 24 at risk of long-term unemployment. “
The program provides funding to local businesses, including those in the voluntary sector, to create jobs for a period of six to nine months, depending on criteria.
Minister Hargey continued: “JobStart aims to develop employability skills and place young people in positions that match their individual skills and interests. The positions available here today, which include camera operators, flight planners and video editors, demonstrate the range of opportunities that can be created.
“I encourage other employers to take this opportunity to invest in our young people and take advantage of the assets they can bring to your business.”
Andrew McQuillan, Director of Crowded Space Drones, added: “I was really delighted with the Community Ministry’s approach to this program and the willingness to listen and take into account the needs of the community. employers and the wider business community. I have no doubts that JobStart will benefit businesses and young people and we are delighted to be a part of it.
Applications for funding from the JobStart program will last until March 31, 2022. It is expected that more than 3,000 new job opportunities will be created. Further information for employers and information on the JobStart application process can be found at: www.nidirect.gov.uk/jobstart.
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