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Government Kickstart Scheme


The Kickstart Job-Creation Scheme provides the younger generation with a chance to build their career and gain valuable experience despite the current pandemic, whilst giving you the opportunity to increase your workforce with little to no cost.

What is the Kickstart Scheme?

The Government has introduced a new Kickstart Scheme in Great Britain, a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements aimed at those aged 16 to 24 who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long term unemployment.
If you are creating less than 30 job placements you must partner with a representative, this is where The Graduate Project can help.

There are two key ways that you can claim the grant:

  1. Apply through The Graduate Project if you’re hiring less than 30 kickstarters;
  2. If you are placing more than thirty hires you can apply directly to the government here.

What are the benefits of the Kickstart Scheme?

Create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment, helping with their career development and future prospects.
With funding available for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions, you can add to your company's workforce with very limited costs.
£1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.
The opportunity to help the younger generation build their career in a time when there are fewer jobs out there and unemployment rates are high.

Who is eligible to apply for the grant?

  • You must be a Limited Company or Registered Charity
  • You must be trading for a minimum of 1 year 

How much would you need to pay the Kickstarter?

To be eligible, employers are expected to offer contracts of a minimum of 25 hours per week.
Workers should be compensated for their hourly work at the National Minimum Wage. Specifications are as follows:

  • £4.62 for those under 18 years of age
  • £6.56 for 18-20 years old
  • £8.36 for 21-22 years old
  • £8.91 for 23 and over 

Employers can claim back the cost of the national minimum wage through the government's Kickstart Job Scheme, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.
Employers may opt to top these salaries up if they see fit. They are also responsible for providing training and support to Kickstart Scheme employees to help them secure permanent jobs at the end of the 6-month period.

The job placements created with Kickstart funding must be new jobs and must not:

  • replace existing or planned vacancies;
  • cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment.

Employers must detail how they will provide the participants with:

  • support to look for long-term work, including career advice and setting goals;
  • support with CV and interview preparations;
  • supporting the participant with basic skills, such as attendance, timekeeping and teamwork.

How can The Graduate Project help?

We handle the administrative process associated with the application. Additionally, we can also provide support with fulfilling the employer’s grant obligations by providing training and support for all candidates throughout their placement including an initial 5 day training course across a number of different competencies such as Business Support, Marketing and PR, Finance and Accountancy, HR, IT and Sales. 
To apply for the Kickstart Scheme, please complete the below form, we'll get back to you to schedule in a quick call to find out more about the role before submitting your application.

Register your interest with the Kickstart Scheme?

If the Kickstart Scheme isn’t the right direction for your business, then our consultants are also able to help with temporary, permanent or contract positions, click here for more information.

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