BOOST YOUR BUSINESS WITH KICKSTART
The Kickstart Scheme has been introduced to provide funding to employers to create new six-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.
Our role as an intermediary:
- We help small employers access the Government's £2 billion scheme by administering the Scheme on their behalf, combining applications from multiple organisations to reach the Government's requirement for at least 30 placements per application.
- We provide essential employability training needed to align with the Scheme's funding requirements and the needs of the young person.
Each job placement created with Kickstart funding must be:
- A minimum of 25 hours per week for six months.
- Paid at least the National Minimum Wage for their age group.
- Should not require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement.
- Must be new jobs and they must not replace existing or planned vacancies, or cause existing employees to lose/reduce their employment.
How the Scheme Works
Is the Kickstart Scheme Suitable for My Organisation?
Checks will be made to show your organisation is established, reputable and financially solvent. You are more likely to be approved if you:
- have existed for a while
- regularly and recently submitted accounts
- have a credit score which is a low-risk category
- have a low probability of imminent business failure
- have enough liquid assets to pay your debts
- do not have any recent county court judgments (CCJs).
These factors are taken into consideration when assessing your Kickstart Scheme application. Failing on one or more of these does not mean you will not be approved.
Below you can watch a Zoom meeting we conducted recently.
NB: Since this Zoom meeting, we have been informed that wage payments will be made approximately six weeks after a candidate starts employment. Further payments of the wage support will then be made monthly so long as the candidate remains on the payroll.