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THE KICKSTART SCHEME

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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:

  • Employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

 

 

Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021.

Further funding is available for training and support so that young people on the scheme can get a job in the future.

You can now apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant by either:

  • Applying online yourself

  • Getting help from a Kickstart gateway who is already working with the Kickstart Scheme

What is a kickstart gateway?

A Kickstart gateway already has a Kickstart Scheme grant agreement with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). They can add employers and job placements to this grant agreement.

A Kickstart gateway can be any type of organisation, such as a local authority, charity or trade body.

Kickstart gateways will:

  • Gather information about the job placements you’d like to offer

  • Share this information with DWP on your behalf

  • Pay the funding to you (for example the young person’s salary)

 

 

They may also offer employability support to the young people in the job placement.

You can find a Kickstart gateway here.

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What you will get?

You’ll get £1,500 funding per job placement. This is for setup costs and to support the young person develop their employability skills. If someone else helps you to do some of this for you, you’ll have to agree how you will share this money.

Kickstart Scheme wages and related costs.

The funding covers:

  • Employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

 

Employers can pay a higher wage and for more hours but the funding will not cover this.

What the Kickstart gateway will get?

Kickstart gateways will get £360 for each job placement to cover admin costs.

 

They may have to pay VAT on this amount depending on their individual circumstances.

If they do not pay VAT, £60 from this payment will be paid to you by the Kickstart gateway (in addition to the £1,500 funding) to further support the young person.

 

Job placement criteria

The job placements created with Kickstart Scheme funding must be new jobs.

They must not:

  • Replace existing or planned vacancies

  • Or cause existing employees, apprentices or contractors to lose work or reduce their working hours

 

 

The job placements must:

  • Be a minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months

  • Only require basic training

 

 

For each job placement you must help the young person become more employable. This could include:

  • Looking for long-term work, including career advice and setting goals

  • Support with curriculum vitae (CV) and interview preparations

  • Developing their skills in the workplace

 

If you are not eligible for Kickstart Scheme funding, find out about other employment schemes here.

The young person may be able to move to another employment scheme when they’ve finished their 6-month Kickstart Scheme job placement.

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What you need to provide

You will need:

  • Your Companies House reference number, Charity Commission number or Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator number, if you have one

  • Your organisation address and contact details

  • Details of the job placements and their location

 

DWP performs due diligence checks on all employers and Kickstart gateways using the Cabinet Office Spotlight tool.

You must also disclose:

  • How many employees you have

  • 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

  • About 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 completed, started or paused 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 or the roles previously done by those made redundant or with fewer working hours, why you are using Kickstart Scheme funding to create similar roles

  • If you’ve engaged with any relevant trade unions and any advice the unions have given

How you will support young people to become more employable

During the application process you will need to provide the following information:

  • What support will be offered (for example helping them with writing their CV and preparing for an interview)

  • When you will provide this support (for example halfway through their job placement or towards the end)

  • How many hours it will take

  • Who will provide the support (for example you may already have a pre-existing relationship with training providers)

  • How you will monitor this support

  • How the young person can provide feedback during their job placement and afterwards, and how this will be acted on

 

 

You receive £1,500 funding per job placement for setup costs and support. If you someone else helps you do some of this, you’ll have to agree how you will share this money.

 

How you will get the funding

If you apply online, DWP will send the funding directly to you.

If you apply through a Kickstart gateway, DWP will send the funding to them. The Kickstart gateway will be responsible for sending the funding to you (£1,500 per job placement).

If you apply directly, the £1,500 setup costs will be paid when you disclose that the young person has started the job placement.

If you apply through a Kickstart gateway, you need to tell them when the young person starts their job placement. They can then send you the £1,500 setup costs.

If you get someone else to do some of the job placement setup or employability support for you, you’ll have to agree how you will share this money.

Kickstart Scheme wages and related costs

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will use information from HMRC to check that the young person is still employed. The grant funding to pay the young person’s salary will be paid in monthly arrears when it's confirmed they are:

  • Enrolled on your payroll

  • Being paid through Pay As You Earn (PAYE)

You can pay a higher wage and for more hours but the funding will not cover this.

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Getting the young people into the job placements

Kickstart Scheme job placements are only available for Universal Credit claimants aged 16 to 24 who are referred to you by DWP.

If your application is successful:

  1. You or your Kickstart gateway will give DWP job descriptions that work coaches at Jobcentre Plus will use

  2. The work coaches will match suitable candidates to the job placements

  3. You’ll then be able to interview the candidates matched to your job placements

  4. You’ll select the candidate best suited to the role

 

Funding will only be given if a young person is hired using the Kickstart Scheme process.

After a job placement ends you can get another Kickstart Scheme young person to start another job placement.

How to apply

You can apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant by either:

  • Applying online yourself

  • Getting help from a Kickstart gateway who is already working with the Kickstart Scheme

 

 

To apply online you will need to provide information about the job placements during the application.

To apply through a Kickstart gateway you must first find a Kickstart gateway that is already working with the Kickstart Scheme.

Whoever represents you will add your job placements to their existing grant agreement with DWP. You’ll need to give them information about the job placements.

After you have applied, you (or your gateway) should receive an email with a decision on the application within one month.

The job placements do not exist until the application has been approved and you have signed the grant agreement with DWP or your Kickstart gateway.

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Once you are set up, you can always add more job placements to your grant agreement after it has been approved. You do not need to apply again.

The additional job placements will be assessed to make sure they meet the Kickstart Scheme criteria.

If you applied directly, get in touch with your local or national Kickstart Scheme contact for information about how to add more job placements to your grant agreement.

If you applied through a Kickstart gateway, tell them you’d like to add more job placements to the grant agreement. They will contact DWP to arrange this.

If you require more information, please visit the Kickstart Scheme page on the Gov.uk website.

 

The information on the page was taken from the national government website (www.gov.uk) and was correct as of 04/02/21

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