Kickstart Scheme

As part of the government’s Plan for Jobs, a new £2 billion Kickstart Scheme will create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country.

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 have completed their Kickstart funded job.

Employers will receive funding for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum auto-enrolment pension contributions.

You can use the Kickstart Scheme to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. The job placements should support the participants to develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the scheme.

Funding is available for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. There is also £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training. Our partnership will include an offer of the support and training element, which will be paid from the £1,500 grant.

Funding is available following a successful application process. Applications must be for a minimum of 30 job placements. If you are unable to offer this many job placements, you can partner with other organisations to reach the minimum number.

If you are a representative applying on behalf of a group of employers, you can get £300 of funding to support the associated administrative costs of bringing together these employers. Any organisation, regardless of size, can apply for funding.

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 applying 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

As part of our support, Professional Training Solutions will offer participants the opportunity to develop their skills, which will include: 

  • Monthly 1:1 support
  • Bespoke programme to the Kickstart participant, which can include sector specific training and qualifications.
  • Careers advise, information and guidance
  • Setting goals
  • Opportunity to obtain an Employability Qualification, as well as access to other fully funded sector and job-specific short courses.
  • Attendance
  • Timekeeping
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • CV preparation
  • Interview Preparation (including mock interviews)
  • Job Search and Preparation
  • Support into sustained employment/apprenticeship
  • Cost of providing this is £495 plus VAT, to be paid out of the Employer Incentive of £1,500 (which is to be used for the set-up costs, support and training)

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.

Applicants may move onto an apprenticeship at any time during, or after their job placement.

If your application meets the requirements of the scheme, you will receive a letter with a grant agreement. This agreement will include what your company has agreed to provide, and how much funding you will receive from the Kickstart Scheme.

You must sign and return your grant agreement, using the details in the letter, before any job placements can begin.

You will need to provide job descriptions for each of the job placements you applied for. This should include what candidates need to do to apply for the job placement.

You will then be contacted by the young people who have been matched to your job placement.

Candidates will apply for the job placements and you can choose who to employ.

You will only obtain funding if you appoint a young person that we have introduced.

The Kickstart Scheme job placements must be:

  • 6 months
  • At least 25 hours per week
  • Paying at least the National Minimum Wage through PAYE
  • Paying the statutory employer duties for the health, safety and welfare for young people, National Insurance and pension contributions
  • Including support for young people to help them get work after they finish their Kickstart Scheme job

The Kickstart Scheme job placements need to have been created just for the Kickstart Scheme. This includes that they must::

  • Be funded by the Kickstart Scheme grant and would not exist without this funding
  • Be paid from the grant money for the 25 hours per week on National Minimum Wage (employers can pay a higher wage and pay for more hours)
  • Not replace existing or planned jobs
  • Not cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment

The Kickstart Scheme job should help them get basic work skills. This includes:

  • Attendance
  • Timekeeping
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Travelling to work

How is funding paid?

You will receive initial setup costs when you have confirmed the young person has started work, is enrolled on your payroll and is being paid through PAYE. DWP will use information from HMRC to check that the young person is still employed, and will pay the grant in arrears. They may also contact you or the young person during the job placement to check what employability support has been offered. This is to make sure the young person has the best experience from the scheme.

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