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What is the Kickstart Scheme?

The Kickstart Scheme has been launched by the UK government to create a number of new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. The job placements are aimed at supporting the participants to develop the skills and experience they need to find permanent 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 a grant of £1,500 per job placement available for setup 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. 

Qualifying Criteria

Scheme Application

If you are creating less than 30 placements, you must apply for the scheme via a Kickstart Gateway organisation.

Employability Training

Developing their skills and experience including training and support
on CV writing as well as interview preparation for all successful candidates

Genuine new job

You must be able to demonstrate that the job placements you have created are genuine new jobs to your organisation.

Job Descriptions

Provision of job descriptions for each placement including what candidates need to do to apply for the job.

When does the Kickstart Scheme begin?

The DWP are aiming to respond to applications within one month, and they want to have the first Kickstart placements starting in November 2020. You will receive the £1,500 grant per placement when you have confirmed the young person has started work, is enrolled on your payroll and is being paid through PAYE which the DWP will check using information from HMRC before paying the grant. 

How can we help?

We will be happy to act as your Kickstart Gateway by grouping your requirements with similar requirements to meet the minimum 30 job placements per application set by the government, and make the application on your behalf completely FREE OF CHARGE. However, you will need to supply all of the information for the application, including how you will provide the employability training and support which is necessary to secure the funding. 

Alternatively, our premium Kickstart Gateway Service has been designed to take away the time consuming elements of the application and screening process as well as providing the required support and training to the young people in order to qualify for the funding.

Click here for more information or download our free guide.

How much does it cost?

Our Kickstart Gateway Application Service is completely free of charge. 

For our additional premium services, we offer flexible pricing solutions to meet the needs of individual clients. Our fee will depend on the precise services required and the number of job placements to be created.

However, we can guarantee that the cost of our services will never be more than the £1,500 grant you receive per placement and, for multiple hires, could be much lower.

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