The Kickstart Scheme is the government’s £2b flagship programme targeting young people aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit and at risk of becoming long-term unemployed. Employers can apply to host a Kickstart placement for up to 25 hours per week for up to 6 months. Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021.

What we do as your Kickstart Gateway

A Kickstart gateway helps an employer get a Kickstart Scheme grant. We also offer employability support to the young person on the scheme.

The job Placements created with Kickstart funding must be New Jobs. They must not replace existing or planned vacancies or cause existing employees to lose or reduce their employment.

The job roles must be for a minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months and be paid at least the National Minimum wage for their age group. The people will not be required to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement, just a 1 week work placement preparation course.

In the final week the Kickstart worker will undertake an exit strategy course to decide and help them to take the next step into an Apprenticeship or permanent job.

If this sounds like something you are interested in then give our friendly recruitment team a call on 0151 336 9340 or email us at to get you started.

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