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As you approach the end of the six-month placement Merton Chamber of Commerce is keen to support you to determine What Happens Next once your Kickstarter completes their time with you
Full Time Employment
We encourage all employers to consider taking on their Kickstarter to be part of the team as a full-time employee.
If you are unsure that you can support your young person, we want to bring your attention to some further opportunities and subsidies that may help you to fulfil this goal.

TOWARDS EMPLOYMENT
Find out more about Merton Council's Towards Employment programme. They are keen to work with young people currently on Kickstart placements who are thinking about the next steps once the placement comes to an end. Find out more here.
Apprenticeship
The Apprenticeship Incentives payment has now been extended and employers can apply for a payment of £3000 for new apprentices of any age who have an employment start date of 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021. They must have an apprenticeship start date of 1 April 2021 to 30 November 2021.

UPDATE 5 OCTOBER 2021: The £3000 bonus payment to employers, was extended to the end of January 2022 by the Chancellor in his Autumn budget.

The incentive payment is in addition to the £1,000 employers already receive for hiring an apprentice:
aged 16 to 18 years old
under 25 with an education, health and care plan or who has been in the care of their local authority
Apprenticeships are delivered as a ‘Standard’ and are a minimum of 12 months delivery.
To find out more about the Apprenticeship Scheme go to: Hire an apprentice (apprenticeships.gov.uk)
If you are interested, and would like to work with a local training provider, please click here to find out more.
Traineeships
Traineeships are programmes of education and training that will help young people get the skills and experience they need to secure an apprenticeship or a job as a result.  
A £1,000 bonus will be limited to 10 trainees per employer, for offering work experience placement of a minimum of 70 hours.
Traineeships provide an excellent progression route to an apprenticeship, providing the employer and trainee the opportunity to trial the industry and organisation prior to signing up for a longer-term commitment of employment and training.
Key Criteria
Traineeships
Learner Eligibility
Must be aged between 16-24
Educated to maximum Level 3
Programme Length
Average of 4-12 weeks 
Minimum Hours
Minimum 70 hour work placement
Employer Incentives
£1000 (maximum of 10)
Wages
No wages attached to programme
Training Provider Support
Provision is directly managed and delivered via a Training Provider
Progression
A trainee can progress to a full-time job or apprenticeship at any time during this programme
Outcome
A job, an apprenticeship, or an exit interview
Here at Merton Chamber of Commerce we are working with a number of local providers who can offer help and advice to support you with either an Apprenticeship, Traineeship or both.
Please get in touch if you want to find out more kickstart@mertonchamber.co.uk