Kickstart Scheme

What is it?

The Kickstart Scheme (external link) is the government’s new £2bn flagship programme targeting young people aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit and at risk of becoming long-term unemployed.

Employers can apply to host a Kickstart placement for up to 25 hours per week for up to 6 months. Funding will cover for each job placement:

  • 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
  • The associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • Employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

There will also be extra funding to support young people to build their experience and help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart Scheme funded job.

How will it work?

Wigan Council will act as a gateway organisation so that local employers can benefit from the scheme. It would not be feasible for most employers in the borough to apply individually, as they would need to offer a minimum of 30 placements.

To resolve this, Wigan Council will act as an intermediary and lead a group of local employers who are seeking to offer Kickstart placements, which will ensure the minimum number of placements are met and that small businesses can take part in the scheme.

We are also looking to develop consistent wrap-around support and training that will benefit those on placements, using some of the funds available.

Please note that at this current time Wigan Council are only looking to work with employers who are based in Wigan borough. We recommend you consider an alternative gateway organisation if your business is not Wigan-based.

Before you apply

Please be aware of the following before you apply to the Kickstart Scheme:

  • The jobs on offer must be new jobs - part of the application process will focus on this and you will be asked to show how the role does not replace existing or planned vacancies or cause existing employees, apprentices or contractors to lose work or reduce their working hours
  • Placements must support participants to get the skills and experience to find a new job at the end of the programme
  • Employers are unable to identify / recruit to Kickstart jobs independently and would need to work with Job Centre Plus (JCP) staff to identify suitable eligible candidates for placements. Where an employer has identified someone who they believe may meet the Kickstart criteria, they need to encourage that young person to have a conversation with their JCP Work Coach about Kickstart and the employer / vacancy specifically
  • Wages repaid monthly in arrears.

How to apply

If you're interested in hosting a Kickstart placement as part of Wigan Council’s bid, you will need to:

You will then be asked to complete a more detailed application, which we will consider for suitability.

We hope that initial placements will be underway from November 2020 onwards, subject to approval of the pilot bid.

If you have any further questions, you can contact the business support team or call 01942 489190.


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