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Kickstart information for employers

The Kickstart Scheme at EnginSoft

Kickstart Scheme is a nationally funded paid work placement, with employers being able to recruit eligible young people into roles and have their salary funded.

Initially aimed at 16-24 year olds who are on Universal Credit, but ready for a job.  The scheme provides funding for job placements at National Minimum Wage for 25 hours per week, plus National Insurance and auto-enrolment contributions. 

The job placements must be new jobs (not replacement jobs or cause others to lose or reduce employment), a minimum of 25 hours per week for 6 months, paid at least the minimum wage for their age group and should not require the people to undertake extensive training before they begin the placement.

The Kickstart Scheme is an excellent way to attract new talent into your business, to showcase your business and your sector to a new pipeline of workers.  With government finding de-risking the recruitment of talent into your business, now could be the time to grow!

In addition to the funding for wages and related costs, employers receive an additional £1,500 per job.

This should be spent on setup costs and supporting the young person to develop their employability skills.

For example:

  • Training and employability support (provided by you, a Kickstart gateway or another provider)
  • IT equipment and software
  • Uniform or Personal Protective Equipment

Growth Works with Skills

Growth Works with Skills is here to help you understand and explore the opportunities available through the Kickstart Scheme. Contact us to have a chat about it.

In the meantime, our top tips are:

  • Read the guidance carefully, to ensure that your jobs are eligible
  • Sell your vacancy! The feedback from employers on the quality of candidates has been excellent, so make yours the job placement that everyone wants.
  • Use Kickstart as a way to expand and take on new talent
  • Invest the £1,500 in training and equipment – ensure that your new people get the best start they can in their new roles. We can help you to find employability training that adds real value.
  • Plan ahead! 6 months passes by quickly – what next?  Is there opportunity for progression to an apprenticeship?  Contact us to explore the options ahead of time.


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