WORK WITH US TO DELIVER KICKSTART

 

The government has committed up to £2.1bn for Great Britain to fund the direct creation of 300,000 high quality jobs for 16-24 year olds.

We want to help as many employers as possible access this new scheme, and ensure Kickstart jobs offer young people high-quality experiences in the workplace.

 

To deliver Kickstart successfully it’s important that you make careful, informed choices about how to support young people into work and who you work with to support them.

 

Take a look at the tabs below to learn about the scheme, and
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What is Kickstart?

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

Funding will cover for each job placement:

  • 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 their experience and help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart Scheme funded job.

You can read more on the Government’s web pages here.

Young people can find out more about the Kickstart Scheme on the: Job Help Site

Get Kickstart Ready

There are several criteria you need to meet in order to see your application approved. Movement to Work also recommend a number of additional considerations for you that will not only support a successful application but also guarantee a quality Kickstart placement for young people.

Movement To Work Recommendations

Movement to Work expect a high level of care and support from all employers offering young people a Kickstart placement and therefore anticipate employers helping participants develop their skills and experience, over and above DWP expectations, through:

  • Quality induction and orientation training
  • Ongoing progress and status checks/meetings
  • Regular mentoring
  • Monitoring and support of mental wellbeing

Remember, the Kickstart programme provides a £1,500 setup grant per placement to help you offer this support. You should therefore consider:

  • Provisioning IT kit, uniforms and any other items required for the person to work effectively and safely
  • Putting some of this grant towards general support for Kickstart participants in finding work and succeeding at work.
  • Keeping some of the grant available to support participants in overcoming any specific barriers that they face (e.g. mental health, disability, English and maths skills etc.)
DWP Criteria

All Kickstart job placements created must be new jobs. They must not:

  • Displace anyone else in the labour market through replacement of existing or planned vacancies
  • Cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their working hours

All Kickstart job placements must be:

  • A minimum of 25 hours per week (employers can top-up)
  • For a period of 6 months
  • Paid at least the national minimum wage for their age (employers can top-up)
  • Accessible – i.e. should not require extensive training before the job placement begins

Employers are expected to submit, alongside their application, details of how they will help participants develop their skills and experience through:

  • Support to look for long-term work
  • Career advice and goal setting
  • Support with CV writing and interview preparations
  • Basic employability skills training such as attendance, timekeeping and teamwork.
Set Young People Up For Success

The Kickstart scheme is designed to support those young people at  risk of long-term unemployment. Some young people may have been out of work for significant lengths of time and may be waiting for an opportunity to secure their very first role.

For young people to succeed in a Kickstart role you also need to be ready to offer a high level of care and support.

We recommend that you consider working with a Kickstart partner, paying them out of the setup grant. Partner organisations can help participants develop their skills and experience by providing:

  • Support to look for long-term work
  • Career advice and goal setting
  • Support with CV writing and interview preparations
  • Basic employability skills training such as attendance, timekeeping and teamwork
  • Support for participants to overcome any specific barriers to work (e.g. mental health, disability, English and maths skills etc.)

You should interview any potential partners to check for evidence of previous success in supporting young people at work.

Movement to Work’s Approved Partner Network includes a wide range of organisations who bring a track record of working with our employers so that young people succeed in the workplace.

You can also find support for young people with health and disability barriers via the Government’s Access To Work and Disability Confident services.

Taking Part: Employers
30 Jobs +

If your organisation is creating more than 30 job placements between now and December 2021 as part of the Kickstart Scheme, you can submit your application directly.

  • If you are an employer seeking to create 30+ placements, you can still speak to a member of the team about how to make a strong application. Please fill in your details using the form below, and a member of the team will be in touch with you as soon as we can. Click here to get started!
  • You can find out more about applying directly via the Government website HERE
Fewer Than 30 Jobs

If your organisation is creating fewer than 30 job placements between now and December 2021, a Kickstart Gateway organisation can act on your behalf and manage the application process for you. The Gateway will receive £300 per placement to cover their administrative costs.

Finding The Right Gateway

Choosing to partner with the correct Gateway for your organisation is crucial and Movement to Work advise the following:

  • Interview the Gateway organisation to understand their track record of working with young people, working with employers, and financial management before you agree to fund their support
  • Utilise a portion of the grant to help manage specific barriers to employment such as English and Maths skills etc.
  • Understand whether your choice of Gateway will take a portion of the £1,500 setup grant and what you can expect in return

What happens to my £1,500 setup payment?

Should a Gateway indicate they will retain a portion of the £1,500 per placement setup grant, Movement to Work recommend fully understanding the services being offered in exchange.

Employers could expect to receive employability training for their placements, mentoring support, skills training e.g. Interview and CV writing support, and other additional health and wellbeing support.

Remember, the setup grant is for you, as an employer, to support the young person into role.

You can speak to a member of the Movement to Work team about how to find the right Gateway. Please fill in your details using the form below, and a member of the team will be in touch with you as soon as we can. Click here to get started!

Introducing the Movement To WoRK Employer Guide to Kickstart

This new employers’ guide outlines the Kickstart Scheme and details how to successfully engage in the best way possible to deliver quality opportunities for young people. Download your FREE copy HERE.


Please complete the form below with some preliminary information about who you are and your needs, and a member of the team will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

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