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Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds in receipt of Universal Credit Benefit. To support businesses and organisations to access the Kickstart scheme Business Sense Associates has become a Kickstart Gateway Organisation. Our service is free to use.

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Additionally Business Sense Associates can offer services to help you to meet the jobsearch and training support requirements of the scheme. Costs for training vary, should you require them.

If you are creating opportunities for a young person with a disability or health condition we can signpost you to advice on how the Access to Work scheme can support you as well.

What is the Kickstart scheme?

The Kickstart scheme, you can create six-month job placements for young people aged 16-24 years who are on Universal Credit and are at risk of long-term unemployment.

The job placements you create should encourage workers to develop skills and experience that will be useful to them in the jobs they undertake after the job placement.

How does the Kickstart scheme work?

Funding will cover 100 per cent of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week along with associated National Insurance contributions and the employer's minimum automatic enrolment contributions. You will need to provide evidence of this expenditure to reclaim from the scheme.

A sum of £1,500 per job is also available for set-up costs, support and training

You'll get the funding if your application is successful. First you have to register with a Gateway Organisation such as ours before you do anything else.Though the scheme itself isn't an apprenticeship, young people can move onto an apprenticeship at any time during or after their placement.

Am I eligible?

Any business or organisation can apply for the funding, no matter the size, as long as the jobs that are being created are new.

They can't replace existing or planned vacancies, nor can they cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment.

The roles that you create must be:

What's more, each application should outline just how the placement will develop the young person's skills and experience, including:

What you need to provide for the expression of interest

You will need:

To apply free of charge please complete the following form: Application Form.

For queries please email or tel 01792 310110 / 07950906985

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