More information on the Government’s new Kick Start Scheme initiative has been launched. By offering grants, the Government’s Kick Start Scheme aims to support 16-24 year olds to gain employment experience and learn new skills.
Who is eligible for the Kick Start Scheme?
The 6 month placements are open to those aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long term unemployment. They will be available across a range of different sectors in England, Scotland and Wales. The first placements are likely to be available from November. There will also be extra funding to support young people to build their experience and help them move into sustained employment after they’ve completed their Kick Start funded job.
What funding will employers get?
Employers will receive funding for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week. They’ll also get employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum auto-enrolment pension contributions.
There’s also £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training. Funding is available following a successful application process.
What restrictions are there on the Scheme?
Applications must be for a minimum of 30 job placements. If you’re unable to offer this many job placements, you can partner with other organisations to reach the minimum number.
To apply to be a representative to team up with other employers who do not have 30 placements available check out this link.
The job placements created with Kickstart funding must be new jobs. You must not:
- replace existing or planned vacancies
- cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment
Each application should include how you will help the participants to develop their skills and experience, including:
- support to look for long-term work, including career advice and setting goals
- support with CV and interview preparations
- supporting the participant with basic skills, such as attendance, timekeeping and teamwork
Once a job placement is created, it can be taken up by a second person once the first successful applicant has completed their 6-month term.
If you do have 30 placements available, this link takes you to the application page to apply now.
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