The Government launched Kickstart scheme in late 2020, where organisations can create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. The job placements should support the participants to develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the scheme.
Funding is 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. There is also £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.
The job placements created with Kickstart funding must be new jobs. They must not:
replace existing or planned vacancies
cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment
The roles must:
be a minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months
pay at least the National Minimum Wage for their age group
should not require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement
provide guidance and support on working life such as timekeeping, communication skills, team working and help towards finding a job afterwards.
Care4Notts is an approved Kickstart Gateway and as such can support you to access Kickstart funding.
Care4Notts acts as your Kickstart partner throughout the scheme and will:
minimise red tape and confirm your Kickstart opportunity fits the eligibility criteria
process the required paperwork and deal with Jobcentre Plus on your behalf
pass on the wage subsidy and £1,500 grant funding
You express interest
Care4Notts sends you a short from to complete and return
Care4Notts completes the required paperwork with DWP to ask for approval for your Kickstart plans
DWP approve your plans and asks CARE4Notts to contract with you to process placements and funding
Care4Notts sends you a contract to complete and return, along with a Job Template
Care4Notts reviews the Job Template, completes the required paperwork with DWP
DWP (via local Work Coaches) advertise the placements to eligible young people
Young people apply and are recruited according to your Job Template
When a young person starts a placement with you, you inform Care4Notts and the initial £1500 funding is released
Once DWP see the young person has been paid the wage subsidy is released
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