Fully funded employees for 25 hours per week
£1500 startup grant per placement
Sector specific training and support available
What is the Kickstart Scheme?
The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers:
– Wage subsidy –
100% of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months including: Associated employer National Insurance contribution & employer minimum automatic enrollment pension contributions.
– Up to £1,500 –
Per job placement for setup costs, support and training.
KICKSTART SCHEME – FAQs
Still not sure if the Kickstart Scheme is right for your business? Check out some of the most commonly asked questions about this scheme below:
The Kickstart Scheme is open to all employers. Organisations who are employing over 30 Kickstarters are able to apply directly to the Government for their funding.
Organisations employing 29 or less will be required to go through a Kickstart Gateway like The Youth Employment Academy (YEA!).
There is no limit on the amount of Kickstarters you can have. But, there are rules about having them. The job placements created with Kickstart Scheme funding must be new jobs.
The job placements must not:
• Replace existing or planned vacancies
• Cause existing employees, apprentices or contractors to lose work or reduce their working hours.
You don’t have to take all your Kickstarters at once either. You’ll be able to stagger starts up until December 2021.
When going through a Kickstart Gateway you’ll be required to provide information such as:
• Number of employees
• Any changes to your workforce in the last 6 months and why (for example redundancies and changes to hours worked by existing staff)
• The number of people affected by changes to your workforce in the last 6 months
• The kinds of roles, functions and average salary of those who were made redundant or who had their hours reduced in the last 6 months
• If you would be able to create these job placements without Kickstart Scheme funding and what funding source you would use
• What recruitment you have started, paused or completed in the last 6 months, including how similar these vacancies are or were to the roles you are creating for the Kickstart Scheme
• If the job placements will be similar to existing or planned roles to the roles previously done by those made redundant and why you are using Kickstart Scheme funding to create similar roles
• if you’ve engaged with any relevant trade unions and any advice you’ve received.
Don’t panic though! At YEA!, our Kickstart Special-ists are on hand to help you every step of the way. You can complete an expression of interest here and we will be in touch with you to discuss your requirements.
Yes absolutely! You can pay Kickstarters as much as you like above the national minimum wage. Please remember, you will only receive government funding for 25 hours which will be paid at the relevant national minimum wage rate.
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Hear what our customers have to say!
‘When I received an email and saw the benefits of the Kickstart Scheme I was motivated to go for it. Not only is it a fantastic opportunity to help a young person take steps into the world of employment (or back into) it is also a great way of testing the waters of new ways of working – or as we are doing, utilising the knowledge and talent out there to expand.’
Imperial Cleaning Ltd
‘My experience working as a kickstart has been amazing so far. I have been working in a team with some amazing colleagues and I have already learnt so much. I think I have added extra help to the content producers / IT team as I have been creating brand new website pages and have also provided my assistance with IT issues within the organisation.’
Junior WordPress Developer – The Kickstart Scheme