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Kickstart Scheme

Updated: Dec 2, 2020

We have heard from a number of startups and SMEs that they would like to offer a placement or two to Kickstarters but do not have the required 30 placements to be eligible to apply. We are therefore stepping up to represent you.

We will be working with startups and SMEs to help you to support the next generation of young talent through this fully funded scheme which will provide you with additional resource in your business.

Read on if you’d like to offer a placement to a young person at your company without any cost to you and with full support available to that young person.

About Kickstart:

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. The funding covers:

  • 100% of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months

  • Associated employer National Insurance contributions

  • Employer minimum automatic enrolment pension contributions

  • Set-up costs by way of a separate additional payment

Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021 and can have as many Kickstarters as they would like.

Kickstart Scheme through CareerEar

We exist to ensure that every individual has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. COVID-19 is having and will continue to have a disproportionate impact on the lives of young people. This Kickstart Scheme is therefore an important initiative to help young people to continue to develop their skills and access the right career path for them. The Kickstart Scheme aims to reduce youth unemployment and the impact of COVID-19 on one of the most vulnerable groups in our society.

One of the obligations of the Kickstart Scheme is to provide a programme of employability support to your Kickstarter. The good news is that we happen to be specialists in that area and will be providing that support on your behalf.

This will include bi-monthly employability skills sessions, 1:1s and support through the CareerEar platform.

This service sounds great, why is there no cost for employers?

In addition to paying a Kickstarter’s salary, the Government will pay each employer a one-off fee of £1,500 per Kickstarter placed. This is to cover any set-up, training or other costs associated with having a Kickstarter. In order to provide the relevant support to your Kickstarter and comply with the Government’s requirements, we will charge you for the cost of this support but this will be deducted from the funding so that you will instead receive £1,075 per Kickstarter that joins your company.

I’d like a Kickstarter, how do I apply?

Complete this short form by 10 December 2020. We will confirm that your application has been accepted by 14 December.

You should then ensure that you have full job specs prepared for the roles. These will be shared with local job centres so that potential Kickstarters can apply. Please note that you will not be able to source your own candidates for the Kickstart Scheme, they must be referred via the Job Centre. You will be able to conduct your own interviews etc. in the normal way though.

Deadline to apply to Kickstart through CareerEar is 5pm on 10 December. If you have any questions at all - get in touch with Claudine Adeyemi -

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