WHAT IS IT?

The Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements for young people aged 16-24, who are claiming Universal Credit. East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce is working alongside the British Chambers of Commerce and is a recognised intermediary in coordinating business responses.

Businesses of all sizes looking to create quality jobs for young people can apply to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. The job placements should support the participants to develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the scheme.

The Government will fund 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. In addition, businesses taking on a Kickstart candidate can apply for £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.

The pandemic has caused disruption to many businesses and individuals, who, through no fault of their own, find themselves without meaningful employment.

Join the Kickstart Scheme with East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce as your Kickstart representative.

To apply for the kickstart scheme directly with the Government you will need to have a minimum of 30 placements, however for businesses requiring less than 30 placements East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce can help combine your placement requirements with other Chamber members so you can join the scheme.

To apply to be a part of the scheme with East Lancashire Chamber as your kickstart representative simply fill out the form and a member of the Chamber team will be intouch.

If you have any specific queries regarding the Kickstart Scheme then please call 01254 356442.

KEY FACTS…

The government will fund 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

£2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements for young people (16-24 yrs).

All registered companies can benefit from this scheme.

You can only apply through the government portal if you have a minimum of 30 jobs available. However, employers can group together through East Lancashire Chamber to create a minimum of 30 jobs collectively.

The candidates are aged between 16-24 and are on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

Businesses taking on a Kickstart candidate can apply for £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.

HOW TO APPLY…

  • Please indicate the job title and intended start date for each placement you are making available (e.g. Administrator - 02/01/21)
  • Accepted file types: doc, docx.
    Please upload a single file containing your range of job descriptions (Max. size 5Mb. File must be in Microsoft Word Format)
  • Please enter a description of your planned activities. This investment must be evidenced to the DWP throughout the placement
  • Please enter a description of your planned activities. Please enter a description of your planned activities. This investment must be evidenced to the DWP throughout the placement
  • Please enter a description of your planned activities. Please enter a description of your planned activities. This investment must be evidenced to the DWP throughout the placement
  • Please indicate any further information or queries you may have

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