is the Kickstart Scheme?
The Kickstart Scheme is an initiative created by the UK government to get more young people, aged between 16-24, into employment. In exchange for hiring out-of-work candidates that meet the scheme’s eligibility criteria, the government will cover the full employment costs of each individual hired.
was it created?
Young people are amongst the hardest hit by the Covid-19 global pandemic. As of August 2020, the number of British 16-24-year-olds claiming unemployment benefits stood at 537,700. This is an increase of 122% since March of the same year. Furthermore, over the same time period, the UK economy has seen a total of 730,000 thousand jobs vanish from the payroll, reflecting the difficulty young people face in finding a job in the current climate. In response to these alarming statistics, the UK government has decided to take action. Any UK based 16-24 year old currently receiving unemployment benefits is eligible to enrol and find a job.
does it work?
After completing the application form, your application will be assessed against the government’s eligibility requirements:
The vacancy in your business must be newly created;
The job should offer at least 25h a week for 6 months (minimum);
Candidates should not be required to have extensive training prior to being hired.
This is not a competitive process or first-come, first-served basis. The government has allocated a budget of £2b to create circa of 250,000 job placements through this scheme, so all applications are welcome.
If accepted onto the UK Kickstart Jobs Scheme you will receive funding for every new employee you hire. Payment is made every 2 months, so you must be able to pay their salary (minimum wage for their age group), their national insurance contributions, and their pension contribution. Employers also have the option of topping up the employee’s salary or extending the weekly working hours if they so choose.
How to get involved?
It's free to sign up. There are no costs upfront and no ongoing costs. You get a full refund for their monthly salary.
GuidedPR has access to thousands of young professionals and business owners. We'll do the matching and provide training.
We will provide the training the government requires for the newly employed to develop a career in Marketing & PR.
To receive the grant you must create 30 jobs or more. If you're unable to create 30 job vacancies, you can work with representatives, like GuidedPR.
As your representative, we will find suitable candidates, train them and provide them with a laptop.
We provide them with the skills they need to find a job in the future - if you're unable to offer them employment after 6 months working for you.
We have developed a training programme so they will join your business fully trained, ready to start working.
GuidedPR is pleased to announce it has applied to participate in the UK Kickstart Jobs Scheme as a representative organisation. Funding is available for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrollment contributions.
If you are interested in hiring between 1 and 29 young people (16-24yo) under the scheme, please get in touch.
a young professional that could benefit from the scheme? If they are between 16-24 years old and they are on Universal Credit, they could benefit from the scheme.
This page explains the scheme for young people.
We created a group on Facebook to help business owners and provide more information
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