As a result of the Covid pandemic there are increasing fears about the job market. Many businesses are struggling as a result of the pandemic, and this has led to many people losing jobs or having their hours cut, we are very concerned about what will happen when the furlough scheme is replaced at the end of this month.

Youth unemployment in particular has majorly increased. Following the cuts to youth services and as the academy system in Bromley has produced excess school exclusions, having another barrier for our young people is concerning.

For this reason your local councillors will be discussing with the SE20 Business Improvement District, a group of local businesses in Penge High Street, to encourage them the look at how local businesses could provide apprenticeships or work experience, in particular through the governments Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16-24 year olds who are currently at the risk of long term unemployment. It provides funding for a six month period and up to £1,500 per 16-24 hired to cover costs including training. These cannot replace current jobs but instead will be additional placements designed to build young people’s experience and provide practical skills and experience for future employment opportunities.

With leisure activities for young adults in Penge having been cut and uncertainty about the future of Adult Education, we hope schemes such as Kickstart can help provide employment opportunities for young people in our area.

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