kickstart scheme

Providing funding for employers to help create jobs for 16-to-24-year-olds on universal credits, the new £2 billion Kickstart Scheme is part of the government’s Plan for Jobs.

When did the Kickstart Scheme begin?

6-month placements are now open to 16–24-year old’s claiming Universal Credits, and who are deemed to be at risk of long-term unemployment. Available across a range of sectors throughout England, Scotland and Wales, the scheme was launched by Rishi Sunak in July 2020, and is set to run until December 2021.

How does the Kickstart Scheme work?

Employers that have applied for the scheme will receive funding for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, as well as associated employer National Insurance Contributions and employer minimum auto-enrolment pension contributions. Additional funding is also provided to support young people and help them enter sustained employment once their Kickstart funded job has been completed.

What does the Kickstart Scheme cover for employers?

  • 100% of The National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, for a total of 6 months
  • Associated employer National Insurance Contributions
  • Employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

How many job placements must employers apply for?

Start dates for job placements can be spread out until the end of December 2021, and applications must be for a minimum of 30 job placements. However, if a single employer isn’t able to provide 30 placements, then they can seek help in applying from a Kickstart gateway, such as a local authority, charity or trade body.

How we will help you with the Kickstart Scheme:

If you choose to work with the team at Q Supplies, our representatives will gather all relevant information from the employer about the types of job placements they would like to offer, and use this to apply online on behalf of a group of employers. We will also pay employers the funding (such as from the young person’s salary), and provide payroll bureau services as an extra option. You may also take advantage of our other optional service, in which we provide training to Kickstart employees.

We might also share our expertise and training with employers to help them get accustomed to the scheme and train young people employed through the scheme, such as by providing support for those who are at a particular disadvantage or are working in certain sectors. We are also on hand to provide employability support directly to those young people employed through the scheme.

How we can help get young people into job placements:

Placements through the Kickstart Scheme are only available for those claimants of Universal Credits aged between 16 and 24, and who are referred to employers by the DWP.

Here’s what happens if the application is successful:

  • Q Supplies will act as a gateway and give the DWP job descriptions that work coaches at Jobcentre Plus’s will use.
  • Work coaches will then match suitable candidates to the job placements.
  • The employer will go on to interview matching candidates
  • The candidate best suited to the role will be formally selected

Funding is only applicable for those young persons hired through the Kickstart Scheme process, and once one job placement ends, employers can select another suitable candidate to begin another job placement.

Why Choose Us?

We might not be the best at everything, but we’re definitely the best at what we do! From taking the hassle out of payroll, and helping employers and employees get the most out of the Kickstart scheme, to assisting and supporting individuals with their furlough claims; our services are designed to make life easier for you.

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