Receive 100% Government Funding for New Job Placements.
Guardian Support are now an official gateway for the Kickstart scheme, a Government backed £2billion fund to get young people off Universal Credit and into, or back into, employment.
This means that in addition to our standard recruitment service, we will work with the DWP to support you as an employer through the whole process, which includes: supporting you with your application, finding the right Kickstart candidate for the role, and providing them with appropriate training to increase their employability skills.
What is the Kickstart Scheme and How Does it Benefit Employers?
The UK based Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24-year olds on Universal Credit. 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.
Provided all of the criteria are met, the employer will receive a £1,000 grant for every successful job placement and £500 worth of employment skills training and employability support during the 6 month placement.
The Kickstart Scheme, which launched in early November 2020, is open to businesses across all industries throughout England, Scotland and Wales and will run until December 2021.
The Essential Job Placement Criteria
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.
What Happens After the 6 Month Funding Ends?
When the six-month placement is up, you can then hire a second Kickstart applicant to take up that role for the next six months.
Alternatively, if you have found a great fit for the team and are pleased with the value they have added to your business, you can offer them a full-time, permanent position.
As an Employer, How Do I Apply for the Kickstart Scheme?
A Kickstart application requires a minimum of 30 job roles, therefore as a small employer this may not be possible. That is where we come in, as we will submit a group application on your behalf.
If you are interested in taking on one or more Kickstart funded placements, all you need to do is fill in an application form, which we submit on your behalf to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
After the application has been accepted for funding (which can take up to 4 weeks), the details will then be passed to the local Jobcentres who will vet the candidates and put forward those most suitable candidates for the role. As employers, you will have full autonomy on the final recruitment decision.
Employability Skills Training
Each job placement needs to help the young person become more employable.
As your Gateway, we will also conduct the necessary training required by the scheme to increase the Kickstart’s employability skills, by providing them with feedback on their CV, mock interviews and online training courses such as manual handling, fire safety, working at heights, mental health awareness, COSHH, lone working, GDPR and many more.
Start Your Kickstart Application Process
With us by your side every step of the way, we can get you on the Kickstart Scheme as quickly and smoothly as possible. We are open to applications now and expect the entire process to take approximately 4-6 weeks from the date of application.
Complete the form below to get started: