Grow your Workforce Through the Government Kickstart Scheme

What is the Kickstart Scheme?

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding for employers of all sizes to create new 6-month placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment, offering employers an opportunity to help support young people work towards a brighter future.

What does the funding cover?

  • 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months
  • Associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • Employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions
  • Up to £1,500 per placement which will help employers with setup costs and additional training, to support and develop the employability skills of new starters

 What are the requirements for job placements?

  • Job placements must be new jobs, not replacing existing vacancies
  • Minimum of 25 hours per week for at least six months
  • Pay at least the National Minimum Wage
  • Employers must offer training to develop the employability skills of new starters

 What are the benefits of signing up to the Kickstart Scheme?

  • Extra staff to help run your business, offering an opportunity to grow your workforce during COVID-19 ensuring your business continues to thrive
  • Government funded opportunity to train future talent, investing in the future of your workforce
  • Offering a brighter future for young people, helping them develop their employability skills

 How can we help you?

Highfield HR are a gateway organisation for the Kickstart Scheme, this means we can act on behalf of employers to provide a smooth, straightforward application process by putting together gateway applications and submitting them to the Department of Workplace and Pensions.

Not only can we help with the initial application process, but we can also provide support to employers in the training and development of new starters through our range of services.

Could your business benefit from the opportunities offered by the Kickstart Scheme? Get in touch with us now to start the application process!

If you require further information, email us at [email protected] for an information pack.