5 Frequently Asked Questions about the Kickstart scheme
You may have heard about the Government Kickstart scheme but aren’t really sure exactly what it is or how to get the most out of it. Read on to find the answers to five of the most frequently asked questions to help you on your way.
What is Kickstart?
The Government Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of work placements for young people aged between 16 and 24 who are in receipt of Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. Launched on the 8th July, the Chancellor announced the Kickstart Scheme as part of the ‘Plan for Jobs’.
What does the funding cover?
It covers 25 hours a week at national minimum wage (age related) for 6 months, plus Employer National Insurance contributions and minimum auto enrolment pension contributions. In addition, employers receive a £1,500 grant per participant to cover set up, training and support costs.
How do I apply?
Employers can apply directly to the DWP for funding, or they can work with an approved Kickstart Gateway like Resource Bank. We support employers through the application process, can liaise with Job Centre Plus on your behalf and can deliver the mandatory employability support to each young person.
Employers can deliver the employability support themselves and this is an option for you. The funding application will be assessed based on the suitability of the employability skills and support the employer plans to provide. The funding application will also consider whether an organisation is of the size and structure to support the number of placements applied for.
Employers will also be required to demonstrate that the placements created are brand new and not replacement existing jobs and recruitment.
How long does the process take?
Whether you apply directly or use a Kickstart gateway it can take up to 8-10 weeks to have funding approved, identify suitable candidates, interview and commence employment through the scheme. It is not a quick process and we recommend that employers apply early and plan as far in advance as possible.