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eBay is teaming up with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and Adecco Working Ventures to support up to 1,000 eligible small businesses in providing new work placements by participating in the Government’s £2bn Kickstart Scheme which will play a key role in rebuilding the UK’s economy and supporting young people into sustainable employment.

The Kickstart scheme was launched by HM Treasury and the Department for Work and Pensions earlier this year to support businesses to offer six-month work placement opportunities to 16-24 year olds who are in receipt of Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. 

Under the scheme, the UK Government covers 100% of the cost of a six-month work placement, including the age-relevant National Minimum Wage, National Insurance and pension contributions for 25 hours a week – up to £6,500 per person and at a total cost of £2bn.

The FSB and Adecco Working Ventures have partnered to allow small businesses to pool their vacancies, allowing them to access the scheme no matter how many opportunities they can offer rather than the 30 needed to apply for the scheme directly.

As part of the initiative, up to 1,000 eligible small businesses who have an eBay account and successfully participate in the Kickstart scheme, will receive up to £500 in eBay seller fee credits that can be used to offset their fees on eBay.  

eBay will offer training to young people taken on by eligible eBay businesses to improve their e-commerce and digital skills. Adecco will also provide support to the successful small businesses throughout the placement, including a dedicated Kickstart Placement Manager and access to an online portal of resources.  

How to apply for the Kickstart scheme

eBay sellers interested to apply for the Kickstart scheme need to visit the FSB portal here. The link also contains eligibility criteria to participate in the scheme with additional information also available at the GOV.UK website here.

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