How we can help Work New job scheme for young people impacted by COVID-19 Posted 07.04.2021 Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has welcomed the funding allocation for JobStart, and reiterated her commitment to boosting economic opportunities for young people and those seeking to re-enter the labour market (1 April 2021). Minister Hargey was speaking after the Executive agreed to fund the employment scheme for 16-24 year olds. The scheme is designed to support young people facing additional employment challenges due to the impact of COVID-19. Minister Hargey said, “This is a bespoke employer incentive scheme and has been developed to suit the nature and size of local businesses, including those in the voluntary and community sector. “The programme aligns with my ongoing commitment to supporting young people at risk of long-term unemployment by creating job opportunities in a range of disciplines and sectors. “As we move towards recovery from the economic and societal effects of Covid-19, I will continue to prioritise the employment needs of young people in our community.” The JobStart scheme is designed to create opportunities for 16-24 year olds by providing positions with employers for a period of six months, increasing to nine months for those who meet additional criteria. Read the full statement from Minister Hargey If you are disabled and are interested in finding out more contact our Job Match team.