Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also deputy chair (political and campaigning) of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Kickstarting jobs for young people
Today the Chancellor has confirmed that more than 19,000 job placements have been created by the Kickstart Scheme so far – with tens of thousands more expected in the months ahead – giving opportunity and hope to thousands of young people.
Young people have been some of the hardest hit by the pandemic and unemployment can have longstanding implications for their future jobs and wages.
Last week the government began the Kickstart Scheme, creating high-quality, taxpayer-subsidised jobs for 16-24-year-olds across the UK – with 19,000 new placements already created. Over 4,000 employers from all corners of the country have signed up so far, creating thousands of new and interesting jobs including in tech, construction, communications, fitness and media.
This creates life-changing opportunity and hope for thousands of young people, kickstarting their careers and offering them a brighter future – and the response of employers shows they recognise the huge value in giving young workers that big start.