Kickstart Scheme

24-09-2020

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has launched the Kickstart Scheme, designed to create new 6-month job placements for young people aged 16-24 who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

The £2 billion Kickstart Scheme is designed to create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across a range of different sectors in England, Scotland and Wales. The first placements are likely to be available from November.

Check here to see if the roles are eligible for the scheme.
Employers will receive funding for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum auto-enrolment pension 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 funded job.

If you are an employer looking to create jobs placements for young people, you can apply for funding as part of the scheme.

How to apply:
You can submit your application online.
If you are applying for 30 or more job placements, you can apply directly.
If you are applying for less than 30 job placements, you can find someone to apply for you. They can submit an application on your behalf, using other employers to create 30 or more job placements in one application.

What you need to provide during the application:
You will need:

  • The Companies House reference number or Charity Commission number.
  • The organisation address and contact details.
  • Details of the job placements and their location.

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has launched the Kickstart Scheme, designed to create new 6-month job placements for young people aged 16-24 who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

The £2 billion Kickstart Scheme is designed to create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across a range of different sectors in England, Scotland and Wales. The first placements are likely to be available from November.

Check here to see if the roles are eligible for the scheme.
Employers will receive funding for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum auto-enrolment pension 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 funded job.

If you are an employer looking to create jobs placements for young people, you can apply for funding as part of the scheme.

How to apply:
You can submit your application online.
If you are applying for 30 or more job placements, you can apply directly.
If you are applying for less than 30 job placements, you can find someone to apply for you. They can submit an application on your behalf, using other employers to create 30 or more job placements in one application.

What you need to provide during the application:
You will need:

  • The Companies House reference number or Charity Commission number.
  • The organisation address and contact details.
  • Details of the job placements and their location.

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After you have applied:
Your application will be reviewed to check it meets the requirements of the Kickstart Scheme. It will then go to a panel for consideration. This is not a competitive process, but the Kickstart Scheme will only provide funding when the job placements meet the criteria.

DWP aims to respond to applications within 1 month.

If your application is successful:
If your application meets the requirements of the scheme, you will receive a letter with a grant agreement. This agreement will include what your business has agreed to provide, and how much funding you will receive from the Kickstart Scheme.

You must sign and return your grant agreement, using the details in the letter, before any job placements can begin.

You will need to provide job descriptions for each of the job placements you applied for. This should include what candidates need to do to apply for the job placement.

You will then be contacted by the young people who have been matched to your job placement.

If your application is unsuccessful:
If your application does not meet the requirements of the scheme, DWP will explain why and give feedback. You can submit a new application with further information. There is no limit to the number of times you can apply for funding, however there is no legal right of appeal.

What happens next:
Candidates will apply for the job placements and you can choose who to employ. You will only obtain funding if you appoint a young person that DWP has introduced.

How funding is paid:
You will receive initial setup costs when you have confirmed the young person who has started work, is enrolled on your payroll and is being paid through PAYE.

DWP will use information from HMRC to check that the young person is still employed, and will pay the grant in arrears.

DWP may contact you or the young person during the job placement to check what employability support has been offered. This is to make sure the young person has the best experience from the scheme.

For more information see Kickstart employers guide.

If you think recruiting apprentices might be right for your business but would like to discuss The Kickstart Scheme further, please do not hesitate contact us.