There is no doubt that looking for work in the current climate is challenging, perhaps for young people more than any other group. So we are delighted that the Government has launched its Kickstart Scheme.
The aim is to encourage employers to take on young people, by funding work placements. For employers, the benefit is that, in financially challenging times, they can access funding to take on new staff.
For young people, more employment opportunities will be available. The employment may lead to a permanent place, and at the very least give them valuable experience to add to their CV.
What is the Kickstart Scheme?
The scheme is for young people who are currently claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.
Funding from the scheme is accessed by employers, to set up new six-month job placements. So this isn’t to fund existing roles, or to replace other staff; it is for new positions solely available for young people aged 16 to 24.
All part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs, the aim is to create hundreds of thousands of new places, the first of which are likely to become available from November.
The funding covers:
- 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
- the associated employer National Insurance contributions
- employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.
There will also be extra funding to support young people to build on their experience and help them move into sustained employment, after they have completed their Kickstart Scheme funded job.
Are you eligible to apply for Kickstart funding?
If you are an employer and considering using the Kickstart Scheme to create new six-month job placements there are eligibility criteria.
Importantly, applications must be for a minimum of 30 job placements. However, if you would like to create fewer placements, there is an option of partnering with other businesses, so you reach the minimum number required. These partners could include:
- similar employers
- local authorities
- trade bodies
- registered charities
You can find out more about how to partner with other organisations here. If you are a representative applying on behalf of a group of employers, you can get £300 of funding to help cover the associated administrative costs of bringing together these employers. Plus there is £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.
The new roles must be for at least 25 hours per week, and pay the National Minimum Wage for the age group. Once a job placement is created, it can be taken up by a second person, when the first successful applicant has completed their six-month term.
There is more information here about the Kickstart Scheme and how to apply. If you are looking for a recruitment partner, to help source excellent candidates for your new Kickstart Scheme roles, please get in touch with the team here at 24-7 Staffing.
Are you a young jobseeker?
We have many fantastic young people among our candidates here at 24-7 Staffing who are looking for new roles, and our experienced team of recruiters are working hard to find placements.
If you are a young jobseeker, this Kickstart Scheme is great news for your career prospects. In the meantime, we have resources here on our 24-7 Staffing website, for you to access.
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24-7 Staffing works with employers and jobseekers across Chippenham, Bristol, Salisbury, Wiltshire and the South West.