Kickstart Scheme – Getting a Job Through Kickstart

What is the Kickstart Scheme?

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers:

  • Wage subsidy – 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months. This includes associated employer National Insurance contribution & employer minimum automatic enrolment pension contributions.
  • Up to £1,500 per job placement for setup costs, support and training

Do I have to be on Universal Credit?

I’m afraid so! The Kickstart Scheme is designed to support those most at need back into work. You might be eligible for Universal Credit if:

  • you’re on a low income or out of work
  • you’re 18 or over (there are some exceptions if you’re 16 to 17)
  • you and your partner have £16,000 or less in savings between you
  • you live in the UK

If you’re 18 or over and in training or studying full-time

You can make a new Universal Credit claim if any of the following apply:

  • you live with your partner and they’re eligible for Universal Credit
  • you’re responsible for a child, either as a single person or as a couple
  • you’re disabled and entitled to Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and have limited capability for work
  • you’re in further education, are 21 or under and do not have parental support, for example you’re estranged from your parents and you’re not under local authority care

If you’re 16 or 17

You can make a new Universal Credit claim if any of the following apply:

  • you have limited capability for work or you have medical evidence and are waiting for a Work Capability Assessment
  • you’re caring for a severely disabled person
  • you’re responsible for a child
  • you’re in a couple with responsibility for at least one child and your partner is eligible for Universal Credit
  • you’re pregnant and it’s 11 weeks or less before your expected week of childbirth
  • you’ve had a child in the last 15 weeks
  • you do not have parental support, for example you’re estranged from your parents and you’re not under local authority care

You can use the following calculator to work out what you might be entitled to under Universal Credit.

Please note: the calculator above might not return the correct results if you are under 18 or a student.

You can apply for Universal Credits using the link below:

What kind of jobs are available on Kickstart?

A lot of different ones! Companies from a wide range of sectors will be looking to employ new staff through the Kickstart Scheme. Jobs will be available in sectors such as:

  • Hospitality
  • Retail
  • Warehousing and Manufacturing
  • Fitness and Leisure
  • Office and Administration
  • Marketing
  • Construction
  • Health and Social Care
  • Beauty

What qualifications and skills will I need?

Employers will be looking for enthusiastic, motivated individuals who are able to work well in a team or on their own initiative.

You shouldn’t need any specific qualifications to get a job through the Kickstart Scheme although it certainly won’t do you any harm!

At The Youth Employment Academy (YEA!) we offer a range of fully funded qualifications in subjects such as Fitness, Construction, Beauty, Digital Marketing and many more. You’ll also get the chance to work with one of our expert WorkFIT coaches who will support you to develop the skills you need to be successful in applying and getting a job through the Kickstart Scheme.

To get ahead of the competition and find the right course for you click here to take our short eligibility assessment.

How many hours a week will I need to work?

As part of the Kickstart Scheme you’ll need to work a minimum of 25 hours a week. Some employers may offer you full time employment as part of the scheme but this will down to individual employers to decide.

If you’re under 18, employers will only be allowed to employ you a maximum of 30 hours a week and 8 hours a day.

How much will I get paid as a Kickstarter?

You’ll be guaranteed to be paid the national minimum wage per hour that is relevant to the age group you are in. Current national minimum wage rates can be seen on the table below:

25 and over£8.72£8.21
21 to 24£8.20£7.70
18 to 20£6.45£6.15
Under 18£4.55£4.35

Source: Acas website – information correct as of 26/10/2020

Employers are able to pay a higher hourly rate than the national minimum wage, they just won’t receive any additional funding from the government to cover it. This will be down to individual employers to decide so make sure you’re clear what you’re being offered before you take the job!

How long will my Kickstart job last?

Roles under the Kickstart Scheme will last for a maximum of 6 months. At the end of this is will be up to each individual employer as to whether they keep you employed with the company.

What training and support should I receive as a Kickstarter?

You should be given a full company induction as any other employee would be on starting. You should be made aware of all matters relating to health & safety in the workplace.

As part of the Kickstart Scheme, your employer is required to provide you with employability training to support the development of skills such as communication, teamwork, C.V. Writing and Interview skills. Your employer might deliver this directly, or they might work with a Kickstart Gateway such as YEA! who can provide this training for you.

Where can I find Kickstart jobs?

Kickstart jobs will be advertised on all major job boards such as indeed. When you join YEA! as well as well as receiving fully funded qualifications and courses, you’ll be given access to our innovative Progression Portal where you can get the chance to apply for Kickstart roles before anyone else.

For more information on become a Kickstarter or joining the Youth Employment Academy complete our eligibility assessment or email us on the link below

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