The Kickstart Scheme

If you are looking to employ young people in your business through the Kickstart Scheme, we can support you through the process. 

Weston College is applying to be a Kickstart intermediary, meaning that we can help you apply for the Kickstart Scheme, as well as offering training and support to your participants, at no cost to your business.

Find out about Kickstart, below.

What is the Kickstart Scheme?

It is a brand new 6-month placement for people aged 16-24, who are currently receiving Universal Credit and are at risk of long-term unemployment.

This is a great opportunity for you to discover new talent, and train up young people to develop skills that can be used to support your business.

How is the Kickstart Scheme funded?

There is funding available for 100% of the age-relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week. As well as wage funding, the Kickstart Scheme will also make National Insurance and employer minimum automatic pension contributions.

There is also an incentive of £1,500 per job placement for employers, which covers setup costs, support, equipment and training.

How long will Kickstart Scheme last?

Each placement lasts 6-months, with the Kickstart Scheme being delivered until December 2021.

Once the placement is complete, we can support the participant with further training.

How do I apply?

Applications for the Kickstart Scheme must be for a minimum of 30 job placements – however, many employers will be offering less than 30 placements, but the good news is you can access the scheme using an intermediary organisation, such as Weston College. We will include your Kickstart placements with other employers in a similar situation in order to reach the 30 targets to access the scheme.

At Weston College we can group you with other like-minded businesses, just inform us how many placements you would like to offer, and we will do the rest.

Why use Weston College?

Our dedicated team are here to support your business to access Kickstart and we’ll guide you through the process.

We offer funded mentoring and employability support, as well as bespoke training which can help your business thrive.

Recognising that many people accessing Kickstart will see the scheme as a route into employment, we also offer further training options including traineeships, apprenticeships, degree programmes and other training, so your business and Kickstart employee can thrive beyond the 6-month placement.

You can register your interest for the Kickstart Scheme, below.

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