Kick Start Programme

Update from Department for Works and Pensions:

If you are interested in this scheme, the promotional leaflet attached gives you more details about how the scheme will run and the link to GOV.Uk offers further information about the process.

Employers can use the Kickstart Scheme to create new six-month job placements for young people (16-24) who are currently on Universal Credit or Jobseeker’s Allowance, and at risk of long-term unemployment.

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 enrolment contributions.

If a business is recruiting more than 30 people as part of the Kickstart Scheme they can submit a bid directly online through the main Kickstart page.

If a business is looking to recruit fewer than 30 people they can still apply for funding but must partner with other employers or organisations in order to create a minimum of 30 jobs before applying.

£1500 per person will be available to cover additional costs and organisations acting as intermediaries for employers will be paid £300 for each placement

If you are interested in the scheme or would like to find out more about the scheme, please just drop me a note at this e-mail address.

Kind regards,

Nick Gregory
 Employer and Partnership Manager | Department for Works and Pensions

ERA are thinking of applying to the government’s Kickstart scheme and are looking for partner organisations across the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. Here is more information: