Kickstart Scheme Is Launched

The Government has launched its £2bn Kickstart Scheme which seeks to help 18 to 24 years olds into work. Here, we explain what the scheme is, how the scheme works, who is eligible and how to apply.

What Is The Kickstart Scheme?

The Kickstart Scheme allows employers to create government-subsidised six-month job placements, including full payment of national minimum wage, national insurance and pension contributions for each young person who is on Universal Credit and are at risk of long-term unemployment.

The job placements you create should encourage workers to develop skills and experience that will be useful to them in the jobs they undertake after the placement. The application should outline just how the placement will develop the participant’s skills and experience, including:

  • Support to look for long-term work, including career advice and setting goals
  • Support with CV and interview preparations
  • Support for the participant with basic skills, such as attendance, timekeeping and teamwork

Each placement is based on a 25-hour week contract and employers will also be granted £1,500 per placement to help with startup costs.

The scheme is available to businesses in England, Scotland and Wales and will run untill December 2021 but may be extended. There is no limit to the number of placements.

How Does The Kickstart Scheme Work?

Funding will cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week along with associated National Insurance contributions and the employer’s minimum automatic enrolment contributions. A sum of £1,500 per job is also available for set-up costs, support and training.

Each application must be for a minimum of 30 placements. If you don’t have that many opportunities you can partner with other organisations to reach the minimum.

If you’re the representative applying on behalf of a group of employers, you’ll receive £300 of funding to support you with the administrative costs of bringing these employees together.

Though the scheme itself isn’t an apprenticeship, participants can move onto an apprenticeship at any time during or after their placement.

What Jobs Are Eligible?

The jobs that are being created are new. They can’t replace existing or planned vacancies, nor can they cause existing employees or contractors to lose their employment.

The roles that are created must be:

  • A minimum of 25 hours per week, for six months
  • Paid at least the National Minimum Wage for their age group
  • Should not require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement

Once the placement has been created, it can be refilled by another candidate once the first candidate has completed their first six-month term.

How To Submit An Application for the Kickstart Scheme

How you submit your application will depend on how many placements you will be creating.

30+ Placements
If you’re creating more than 30 placements, you can apply directly. Get started on your application form.

Less Than 30 Placements
If you have fewer than 30 placements, you must partner with other organisations to reach the minimum number.

You could pair up with:

  • Similar employers
  • Local authorities
  • Trade bodies
  • Registered charities

Alternatively, you can turn to the Jobcentre Employer Partnership Team to help you find a representative.

Using Kea HR & Recruitment As Your Kickstart Representative
I have submitted an application to be a representative.

If you had considered using the Kickstart scheme but will only have one, or a relatively small number of placements, and are interested in appointing me as your representative please let me know as soon as possible. Once I hear from you I will contact you to discuss your placement in more detail. Once my application to act as a representative has been approved I will be in touch again to finalise your details before I submit the application.

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Kickstart Scheme Is Launched