04 September

Kickstart Scheme for Employers - What You Need to Know

What Do We Need To Know?

Funding available for each job will cover the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. There will also be funding available to support young people to develop new skills and to help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart funded job. Through the scheme, you’ll be able to access a large pool of young people with potential, ready for an opportunity.

The scheme will initially prioritize young people aged between 16 and 24 who are ready for an opportunity and will be supported by their Jobcentre Plus work coach to enroll in the scheme.

Can Any Employer Apply For The Kickstart Fund?

If your organization is creating more than 30 job placements as part of the Kickstart Scheme, you can submit your application directly.

If you are creating less than 30 placements...

If your organization is creating fewer than 30 Kickstart job placements, you cannot apply directly. You must partner with other organisations in order to create a minimum of 30 job placements before applying.

Other organizations may include:

Similar employers

Local authorities

Trade bodies

Registered charities

If you are a representative applying on behalf of a group of employers, you can get £300 of funding to support associated admin costs.

What Costs Will The Funding Cover For An Employer?

Each job will cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. On top of the wage subsidy, £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support, and training.

What do employers have to offer?

There is no formal documentation on this within the Government guidance – no explicit list that is to say. But placements of this nature aren’t intended just as free labor, of course. You should be offering training, real work experience, and helping these young people to build their professional skills. The guidance suggests that employers should offer “employability support.”

What Else Do We Need To Know?

The job placements created with Kickstart funding must be new jobs. They must not:

Replace existing or planned vacancies

Cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment

The roles you are bidding for must be:

A minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 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

All bids should include how you will help the participants to develop their skills and experience with:

Support to look for long-term work

Support with CV and interview preparation

Training to develop their skills, such as teamwork, organization, and communications as part of the role

For further details please refer the below link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/kickstart-scheme

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