We owe it to young people to get the Kickstart Scheme right

With a £2bn injection to fund up to 300,000 placements, the government’s Kickstart Scheme is a pie that many want a slice of. It seems like the perfect marriage. A young person who needs an opportunity – a leg up on to that first rung of the career ladder. And an employer who, after an unprecedented year, needs support but can’t afford to take new people on at the moment.

Job cuts and upskilling for new beginnings

Last month, a survey by three industry trade bodies found that one in eight hospitality employees have already been made redundant. In the same week, Whitbread warned that 6,000 jobs are at risk, while JD Wetherspoon announced 450 job losses at its airport pubs.

Handling redundancies with sensitivity

The latest unemployment figures revealed by the ONS are at a two-year high, sadly expected and unfortunately an indicator of harsher times to come. With the end of the furlough scheme looming, and uncertainty about the details of the chancellor’s job support scheme, we are likely to see more organisations making redundancies.