Kickstart Programme - Finally kickstarted!

The Government has finally announced the details of the new Kickstart programme which is intended to create 6-month job placements for young people currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. The placements should support participants to develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the scheme.

Funding is available for:

1. 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week;
2. The associated employer National Insurance contributions; and
3. Employer minimum automatic enrolment pension contributions.

There is also £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training. If you wish to employ the individuals for more hours per week, you would be required to fund the extra hours and associated costs.

More information is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/kickstart-scheme#guidance-about-the-kickstart-scheme-for-employers

If you are an employer wanting to use the scheme, you should put in place a 6-months fixed term contract for each employee you take on in this way.

Any organisation, regardless of size, can apply for funding. But if you are applying for funding for fewer than 30 placements, you will need to go through a locally registered body.

For those businesses in the Worcestershire area, Worcestershire County Council and WLEP are acting as the local registration body so if you are interested in offering a placement please contact Worcestershire Business Central info@business-central.co.uk or Tel 01905 677888.

See https://hwchamber.co.uk/government-kickstart-scheme-is-live-for-businesses-to-apply/ for details

The job placements created with Kickstart funding must be new jobs and should not require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement.

They must not:

* replace existing or planned vacancies
* cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment

Each application should include how you will help the participants to develop their skills and experience, including:

* 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.

Once a job placement is created, it can be taken up by a second person once the first successful applicant has completed their 6-month term.
Posted on 11 Sep 2020
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