Kickstart

Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce are a Kickstart Gateway organisation and we have already received approval to help local employers create nearly 150 job placements. If you are interested in finding out more, please email kickstart@dundeeandanguschamber.co.uk

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Kickstart Scheme

As part of the government’s Plan for Jobs, a new £2 billion Kickstart Scheme will create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people.

The government will fully fund each “Kickstart” job - paying 100% of the age-relevant National Minimum Wage, National Insurance and pension contributions for 25 hours a week.

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 funded job.

Employers are now able to apply directly however they can also put in a bid through the Chamber of Commerce, who will then bid on their behalf for placements as a combined bid from several businesses. This will make the process easier and less labour intensive to apply for these smaller companies who only want to hire one or two Kickstarters. Please contact us by clicking here or fill in the form at the bottom of this page.

Young people are usually amongst the worst hit by financial crises, and unemployment can have longstanding implications for their future jobs and wages. We know people are leaving education into an extremely difficult jobs market, we know that young people are more likely to have been furloughed, so we are stepping in to provide more help.

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Placements

Placements

The 6 month placements are open to those aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long term unemployment.

They will be available across a range of different sectors in England, Scotland and Wales.

  • Anyone between the age of 16 and 24 who is out-of-work and claiming Universal Credit may be eligible. Jobcentre staff will identify people at risk of long-term unemployment to refer to the scheme, and Jobcentre work coaches will support candidates before and after their placement.
  • The government will fund each Kickstart job - paying 100% of the age-relevant National Minimum Wage, National Insurance and pension contributions for a 25-hour a week. Employers can top up pay out of their own pocket or extend the hours if they wish.
  • In addition, the government is offering employers £1,500 to set up support and training for those taking part, or other set-up costs such as buying uniforms.
  • Employers can spread the job start dates up until 31 December 2021. You’ll get funding until 30 June 2022 if a young person starts their job on 31 December 2021.

Eligibility and terms

The 6 month placements are open to those aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long term unemployment. They will be available across a range of different sectors in England, Scotland and Wales.

  • Anyone between the age of 16 and 24 who is out-of-work and claiming Universal Credit may be eligible. Jobcentre staff will identify people at risk of long-term unemployment to refer to the scheme, and Jobcentre work coaches will support candidates before and after their placement.
  • The government will fund each Kickstart job - paying 100% of the age-relevant National Minimum Wage, National Insurance and pension contributions for a 25-hour a week. Employers can top up pay out of their own pocket or extend the hours if they wish.
  • In addition, the government is offering employers £1,500 to set up support and training for those taking part, or other set-up costs such as buying uniforms.
  • Employers can spread the job start dates up until 31 December 2021. You’ll get funding until 30 June 2022 if a young person starts their job on 31 December 2021.

Any organisation, regardless of size, can apply for funding.
Employers must have a Companies House Number or Charity equivalent and corresponding address.

The job placements created with Kickstart funding must be new jobs. They must not:

  • replace existing or planned vacancies
  • cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment

The roles you are applying for must be:

  • a minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months
  • paid at least the National Minimum Wage for their age group
  • should not require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement

Each application should include how you will help the participants to develop their skills and experience, including:

  • support to look for long-term work, including career advice and setting goals
  • support with CV and interview preparations
  • supporting the participant with basic skills, such as attendance, timekeeping and teamwork

How you will get the funding

DWP will send the funding to the Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce as the Kickstart gateway. We will be responsible for sending the funding to the employer.

We will inform DWP when the young person starts the job. The £1,500 setup costs and £360 admin costs funding will then be paid. 

Kickstart Scheme wages and related costs

DWP will use information from HMRC to check that the young person is still employed. The grant funding to pay the young person’s salary will be paid in monthly arrears when we know they are:

  • enrolled on the employer’s payroll
  • being paid through Pay As You Earn (PAYE)

The employer can pay a higher wage and for more hours but the funding will not cover this.

Funding schedule

The schedule shows when the funding will be sent to you. You then need to send it to the employer within 5 working days.

 

Funding type

 

When we usually process the funding

When you’ll usually receive the funding

 

Setup costs

 

After the Chamber or the employer has told DWP the young person has started

Up to 11 working days after it’s been processed

 

First wage payment

 

6 weeks after the start date

Up to 11 working days after it’s been processed

 

All other wage payments

 

4 weeks after the previous wage payment

Up to 11 working days after it’s been processed

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