The Kickstart Scheme launched at the end of 2020 as part of Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s ‘plan for jobs’ focusing on young people aged 16-24. The scheme provides the opportunity for young people on Universal Credit to gain valuable skills and experience in the workplace, with a view to gaining long-term employment. The scheme also provides the opportunity for small businesses to recruit apprentices for 6 months at no cost.
Local HR experts Professionals in Partnership helps local companies to apply and recruit apprentices through the scheme. Listen to Karen Ferris from Professionals in Partnership explain how it works (from 6 min 45 sec):
1. How do companies make an application?
Companies can use a Gateway organisation to make an application on their behalf or apply directly via gov.uk/government/collections/kickstart-scheme.
2. How much funding is available?
100% minimum-wage funding for 25 hours per week for a period of six months and a grant of £1,500 to the employer per placement for set up and training costs.
3. How much does it cost to use a Gateway organisation?
There is no cost to the company because the Gateway organisation gets an administration fee from the government for each successful Kickstart placement.
4. What training needs to be provided by the company?
Companies need to evidence how they will provide employability training to help the individual gain longer term employment. This would include ‘on the job’ training, cover letter and CV writing, interview preparation and support to develop their skills in areas such as teamwork, organisational and communication skills. Some of the £1,500 job support grant may be used to outsource employability training if the company doesn’t want to provide it themselves.
5. Is there support available for recruitment and interviewing candidates?
The Work Coaches at JobCentrePlus will refer candidates to your Kickstart placement and the £1,500 job support grant may be used for employment services such as, recruitment, interviewing, contracts of employment and induction.
Professionals in Partnership HR Consultancy is an approved Gateway organisation supporting companies in making applications to the Kickstart Scheme. In addition to this, they offer HR support services to ensure that the companies and the young people get the most out of the experience.
This is a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to collaborate and make a difference to the lives of our local young people.
If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Karen Ferris, MD of Professionals in Partnership HR Consultancy via professionalsinpartnership.co.uk or 07855 439759.