Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme covers the costs of employment a 16-24-year-old working 25 hours per week, for up to 6 months.

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

What is the Kickstart Scheme?

Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which 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 contributions
  • Up to £1,500 per job placement for setup costs, support and training

Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021.

A Kickstart Scheme application must be for a minimum of 30 job placements. If a single employer cannot provide this many job placements, they can find a Kickstart gateway, such as Pathway Group.

Approved Gateway

As an approved Kickstart Gateway, Pathway Group have successfully applied for funding through the Kickstart Scheme to represent employers who want to apply for 29 or less job placements.

20 Years Experience

Pathway Group have been at the forefront of supporting individuals through their journey into and during employment delivering qualifications tailored to job outcomes linked to employers.

Lead Provider

Pathwaygroup are a lead provider of Adult Education Budget, Advanced Learner Loans, Traineeships & Apprenticeships, European Social Fund.

Support for your business

Pathway Group has been at the forefront of supporting individuals through their journey into and during employment delivering qualifications tailored to job outcomes linked to employers.

We exist to encourage and advance employment opportunities by matching the needs of businesses, individuals and communities.

Supporting employers though the change in landscape of apprenticeship delivery and we understand the importance of developing and maintaining relationships that last.

Kickstart Jobs, must be New Jobs

The job placements created with Kickstart Scheme funding must be new jobs.

The job placements must not:

  • replace existing or planned vacancies
  • cause existing employees, apprentices or contractors to lose work or reduce their working hours

The job placements must:

  • be a minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months
    pay at least the National Minimum Wage or the National Living Wage for the employee’s age group
  • only require basic training

Employability Training

For each job placement you must help the young person become more employable. This could include:

  • looking for long-term work, including career advice and setting goals
  • support with curriculum vitae (CV) and interview preparations
  • developing their skills in the workplace
The young person may be able to move to another employment scheme when they’ve finished their 6-month Kickstart Scheme job placement.

Application Process

Complete our Application form. It takes less than five minutes to complete, we’ll need a few details about your business and the type of roles you’re planning to offer to applicants (these must be new job roles). Following review we’ll apply on your behalf, if we have any questions, we’ll call you directly to discuss further.

The Kickstart Approval Board will review your application, ensuring your roles are compliant. We’ll let you know once funding has been approved. This process usually takes 4-6 weeks. During this time, we’ll be in touch to discuss preparation of the next steps of the process (recruiting)

You’ll interview and select from a pool of applicants put forward by your Local Job Centre Plus. Once you decide, funding instalments that will be paid out monthly in arrears, as outlined below.

Payments

Approved placements, will receive:

  • 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months
  • associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions
  • Up to £1,500 per job placement for setup costs, support and training

One £1500 payment per Participant for set-up and support costs. On confirmation to DWP’s satisfaction that the Participant has started employment with the Grant Recipient.

100% of the Relevant Wage for 25 hours a week of work by the Participant during the first month of the job, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

Paid in arrears – on confirmation that Participant paid through pay-as-you-earn tax (PAYE) for the first month. This payment is expected to be in or around the 6th week of the placement.
 

100% of the Relevant Wage for 25 hours a week of work by the Participant during the subsequent second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth months of the job, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

Paid in arrears – approximately every month after the 2nd payment on confirmation that Participant paid through PAYE for the previous month.

Kickstart Scheme Services

Scheme Application

FREE

Kickstart gateways will get £300 for each job placement to cover admin costs. Paid directly by the Government.

Recruitment & selection

£1,000.00

This is an optional service. You’ll receive as much or as little support recruiting and screening applicants.

Employability Training

£500.00

This is an optional service. You’ll receive as much or as little support training your Kickstart work placement(s).

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