Posted on: 24 June 2021

A scheme to build your team with government support

To help UK businesses recover from the damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the government introduced the Kickstart Scheme, to help get young people aged 16-24 who are on Universal Credit into work.

The scheme was announced during the July 2020 Summer Economic Update and is designed to help young people at risk of long-term unemployment into a job, whilst helping businesses afford to take on new employees during a time of financial difficulties.

Carry on reading to find out more about the Kickstart Scheme and how you can make the most of it.

What does the Kickstart Scheme do for UK businesses?

To help businesses take on a new employee, the UK government will help to pay for their new employee’s salary.

Here are some of the ways any business in the UK can benefit from the Kickstart Scheme. Funding covers:

  • 100% of the National Minimum Wage, or National Living Wage depending on the age of the applicant. 25 hours per week for 6 months.
  • Associated Employer National Insurance contributions.
  • Minimum automatic enrolment pension contributions.
  • £1,500 for every job you create to help pay for setting up costs, training and employability support, IT equipment or software or uniforms and PPE.

How to apply for the Kickstart Scheme

The deadline to apply for the Kickstart Scheme is 31st December 2021.

You can apply online yourself or through an intermediary, such as another organisation, local authority, charity or trade body. These organisations are known as Kickstart Gateways.

You can apply to the Kickstart Scheme grant here.

When you apply, you will need to provide your:

  • Companies House reference number, Charity Commission number or Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator number, if you have one.
  • Organisation address and contact details.
  • Details of the job and location.

You will need to explain in your application, or to your Kickstart Gateway:

  • What support you will offer.
  • When you will provide the support.
  • How many hours the support will take.
  • Who else will provide the support, such as third party trainers.
  • How you will track the support being given.
  • How your new employee can track their progress and feedback on their job, and how you will act on this feedback

The job you create

The job you create must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a minimum of 25 hours per week for 6 months.
  • Pay at least minimum wage for the appropriate age group.
  • Only need basic training.

The job must not:

  • Replace an existing or planned job.
  • Put existing employees, apprentices or contractors out of work or reduce their hours.

The new position should help your new employee become more employable by:

  • Supporting your employee in looking for long term work.
  • Providing career advice and goal setting.
  • Developing workplace skills.
  • Supporting Curriculum Vitae (CV) development and interview preparation.

Finding out more about Kickstart

For more information about the Kickstart Scheme Grant, visit the UK Government’s website.

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If you are hiring a member of staff for the first time, you will need to take out Employers’ Liability insurance, which is a legal requirement for businesses with employees.

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