R – we represent our members to Government and the business community 
I – we provide useful information to our members about business generally 
S – we facilitate and provide support and advice to members 
E – we provide members with educational opportunities to increase their knowledge 
Open to all Businesses 
The Chamber has been accepted by the Department of Work and Pensions as a Kickstart Gateway ID KS1358860E to offer local businesses the opportunity to participate in this Scheme. 
Scheme Purpose: To help improve young people’s long-term employment prospects through workplace experience and developing a positive mindset towards the World of Work. 
The Detail: 
Candidates need to be in the 16 to 24 age group, currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment 
Placement in new jobs i.e. not filling existing vacancies 
A designated in-house Scheme Champion as mentor and contact 
Beneficiaries will be remunerated, and contributions made to statutory benefits through the member’s payroll system. DWP will reimburse employers for a maximum of 25 hours per week at the prescribed minimum wage per age group. Actual hours, wages and benefit contributions may exceed the prescribed 25 hours at the employer’s discretion and cost. 
The minimum duration of the DWP’s financial support is 6 months 
The Scheme, already live, is scheduled to end on 31 December 2021. Participating companies may therefore plan to place candidates on a phased basis. 
The Chamber, as the intermediary (Gateway) will receive payment from the DWP to cover set-up and administrative costs associated with the Scheme 
The Chamber’s Role: 
To coordinate and monitor Scheme execution 
To administer Member reimbursement of remuneration and benefits costs incurred 
To guide and support the designated in-house champions 
To source and present workplace orientation programmes; including the onboarding of beneficiaries 
To facilitate the placement of Scheme beneficiaries where participant members are unable to accommodate them as permanent employees 
Please put forward your company as a participant in the Scheme, by providing the following details::- 
Employment History 
Please note that that the above may be subject to a DWP Due Diligence Audit 

A modern organisation with traditional values: 

With over a 100 years’ experience, the Chamber exists to make a difference to both your business and other local businesses, whether that means enabling you to network with other businesses in the area, ensuring your views are heard within government, opening new business opportunities or providing critical business advice, services and skills. Whether you are looking for business growth or simply sustaining your business to give flexibility over your lifestyle, membership of your Chamber will help to support your goals. 
The Chamber's corporate governance is centred upon the Chamber Executive Committee which meet monthly. 
If you have any further questions regarding the Chamber , please don't hesitate to contact the Chamber at info@maidenhead.org.uk 
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