The Kickstart Scheme
The Kickstart Scheme is a new Government initiative to create new 6-month job placements for 16-24 year olds who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. The job placements will support the participants to develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the scheme. The scheme is available for employers to apply until December 2021.
Current up to date information from the Government is available online here.
Funding is available following a successful application process and covers:
- 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
- the associated employer National Insurance contributions
- employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions
- £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.
What is a Gateway Organisation
Those organisations unable to offer the 30+ minimum job placement numbers can apply to join the scheme through a local Gateway organisation. In Somerset there are several options, Somerset County Council is acting as the Kickstart Gateway for the public sector and their suppliers. Private businesses and the third sector organisations can access the scheme through Somerset Chamber of Commerce or the Federation of Small Businesses.
Non Somerset businesses can find representatives via the Government list.
Frequently Asked Questions
We've put together this FAQ document to answer all the questions you may have about the scheme Frequently Asked Questions
Training support providers
Offer their services in supporting Kickstart placement training and support. They work as a brokerage to resources available some of which is free resource and are specialists within Somerset at supporting Young People to access employment. Find out More
Expression of interest
If you would like to apply via Somerset County Council simply complete the following form.
Our next submission will be mid/end of January, depending on when we have registered 30 workplace vacancies.
Please note it takes at least a month for the processing of an application form .