Kickstart Scheme

The government’s Kickstart Scheme is now up and running.

It provides employers with funding so they can offer six-month work placements for young people on Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment

In order to apply direct for the scheme employers need to be offering a minimum of 30 job placements but businesses can partner with others in order to meet this requirement. In this instance the application process is different.

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

This is part of the government’s Plan for Jobs and aims to create hundreds and thousands of new, fully funded jobs across England, Scotland and Wales. The first placements are likely to be available from November.

Funding will cover for each job placement:

  • 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
  • the associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions
  • 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 Scheme funded job.

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

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.

At HHBA we are currently working with our partners in order to support Ambassadors who wish to employ one or more young people through this scheme but are unable to commit to the full 30 employees.

If you wish to receive more information please email Claire@HHBA-Dacorum.co.uk

Our Ambassadors