Premier Global NASM has been appointed to link individuals displaced or unemployed during the pandemic with job opportunities in the physical activity sector.
Commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions as part of the new £2bn Kickstart Scheme, Premier Global NASM will act as a gateway organisation, working with employers in the sector to identify and promote six-month, fully funded, job placements to young people, aged 16-24, who are currently on Universal Credit or at risk of long-term unemployment.
The scheme is part of the government’s Plan for Jobs and aims to create thousands of new, fully funded jobs across England, Scotland and Wales. Announced at the start of September, it is hoped that the first cohort of young people will be in their new work placements by November.
“Although many employers in the sector are fighting their own financial battles right now and having to make positions redundant, there are still jobs in our sector that need filling. In order to make a submission to get involved in this scheme, we need to be able to offer a minimum of 30, six-month placements,” said Dan Rees, managing director at Premier Global NASM.
For each placement, the Kickstart Scheme will cover 100 per cent the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, which can be ‘topped up’ by the employer, the associated employer National Insurance contribution and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.
Extra funding is available to support individuals with skill development and training, which will help them to migrate into sustained employment after completing the scheme.
Premier Global NASM has started preliminary conversations with a number of employers.