KICKSTART SCHEME

WHAT IS KICKSTART?

The Kickstart scheme is a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements for young people.  It is set up to give young people a chance to build on their confidence, learn new skills and gain experience in the workplace.  This will improve their chances of getting a long-term job.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The Kickstart scheme is an excellent opportunity to grow your business by investing in young people and providing them with an opportunity to develop their careers.


A grant is available for each job placement a covers 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage) for 25 hours per week, plus the associated Employer National Insurance contributions and Employer minimum automatic enrolment pension contributions. Employers are able to top the pay of those on job placements should they wish to do so.


In addition to 100% of wages being covered, the scheme provides £1,500 per job placement, this is to cover employability skills training.

CRITERIA

  • For young people aged 16 to 24.

  • Participants must be claiming Universal Credit.

  • Participants must be referred to the scheme via a Jobcentre Plus Work Coach

  • Businesses offer 6 months placement.

  • Placements must be for a minimum of 25 hours per week.

  • Job placements will be funded at National Minimum Wage - which is funded by the scheme.

  • Kickstart is for any business, across all sectors, including the public, private and voluntary & community sectors.

HOW WE CAN HELP YOUR BUSINESS

NTA can provide you with the right support to get the best out of your Kickstart hires. We offer two fantastic packages:

PACKAGE ONE - £550

  • Employability training

  • Recruitment and selection

  • Welcome to the scheme

  • Customer service training (online)

  • CV writing (online)

  • Interview skills (online)

The young person will be provided with a learner login and will be guided through the courses by a virtual coach, feedback will be provide on-line.  Reviews will be completed and provided to the learner/employer, these will need an employer signature as sign-off.

The above courses will provide 12 hours worth of learning over the 6 month period.  

PACKAGE TWO - £1,250

  • Employability training

  • Recruitment and selection

  • Welcome to the scheme

  • Personal development plan

  • Customer service training

  • CV writing

  • Interview skills

  • Employee rights & responsibilities

  • Health & safety

  • Social care & mental health

  • Additional courses relevant to the job role

The young person will be provided with a learner login and will be guided through the courses by a virtual coach, feedback will be provide on-line.  Reviews will be completed and provided to the learner/employer, these will need an employer signature as sign-off.

The above courses will provide 12 hours worth of learning over the 6 month period.  

NORTHERN TRAINING ACADEMY'S ROLE AS A GATEWAY

Application

We will take care of the administration and apply for all of the vacancies on your behalf.

Recruitment Service

We will manage the recruitment and selection and arrange interviews with suitable candidates.

Skills Training

We will provide skills training. (Please see packages available)

Progression Opportunities

We will provide support for applicants to progress on to apprenticeships, should you offer them a position after the 6 month period.

Further Support

We will support you to access any local grant funding or training/apprenticeships available to your existing staff.