The Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion Government initiative to create hundreds of thousands of quality 6-month work placements, aimed at 16 to 24-year-olds who are on Universal Credit and deemed to be at risk of long-term unemployment.
Employers across England, Scotland and Wales will be able to offer 6-month work placements to these young aspiring professionals.
The Government will fund each participating employee for 25 hours per week, paying the National Minimum Wage and covering National Insurance and Pension Contributions. The employer receives up to £1,500 to cover set up, equipment and training costs.
The purpose of the scheme is to support young people to develop new skills and to help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart funded job. Through the scheme, employers will be able to access a pool of young people with potential, ready for an opportunity.
Who can Apply for Funding?
Any organisation, regardless of size, can apply for funding. The job placements created with Kickstart funding must be new jobs and must not replace existing or planned vacancies, nor cause existing employees 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.
- Not requiring people to undertake extensive training before they begin their 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.
- Support with CV and interview preparations.
- Supporting with basic skills, such as attendance, timekeeping and teamwork.
Once a job placement is created, it can be taken up by a second person after the initial successful applicant has completed their 6-month term.
What is Shadow Foundr’s Involvement?
Each application to the Kickstart Scheme requires the creation of 30 potential positions. Shadow Foundr is registered with the UK Government as an intermediary to support small and medium sized enterprises, which have fewer than 30 jobs to offer, but wish to get involved in the scheme. We will leverage our network of compelling UK start-ups and pool them together to make a single application on their behalf.
When is this happening?
The Scheme will launch in November 2020, so we are now actively seeking compelling start-ups.
How do I apply?
If you are interested in being a part of our syndicate, kindly fill in the short form by clicking here.
Kickstart FAQ’s below.
See more on the kickstart scheme on gov.uk – click here
Shadow Foundr will act as an intermediary and will assist compelling UK start-up’s in any industry apply for the Kickstart Scheme.
What is the Kickstart Scheme?
£2 billion Government initiative for temporary job creation aimed at 16–24-year olds currently claiming Universal Credit. Employers across England, Scotland and Wales will be able to offer 6-month work placements to these young aspiring professionals.
When is this happening?
The first placements of the scheme are likely to be available from November 2020. The scheme will run until December 2021, however it may be extended depending on the needs of the economy.
What funding will my start-up receive?
The Government will fund each participating employee for 25 hours per week, paying the National Minimum Wage and cover National Insurance and Pension Contributions.
The employer will receive up to £1,500 to cover set up, equipment and training costs. Employers will have the option to voluntarily ‘top up’ participating employee’s wages and hours if they desire, however, the employer cannot claim the funds to cover this.
Funding is available following a successful application process. Applications must be for a minimum of 30 job placements. If you are unable to offer this many job placements, you can partner with other organisations to reach the minimum number.
What are the benefits to my start-up?
Start-ups are provided junior staff who will ‘add value’ to an existing company’s operations with no direct cost to them. For each participating employee, the scheme runs for a full 6- months with an option to be offered a role within the company afterwards. If the participating employee is not suitable to the company for whatever reason, the employer has no obligation to take on the participating employee after the 6-month placement.
What is required of my company?
- Provide a job that will last a minimum of 6 months.
- The job must be ‘new’ and the company must prove the role is ‘additional’ rather than replace existing or planned vacancies and/or cause existing roles to cease or reduce employment.
- During the 6 months, the employer must provide training and job search support for the participating employee.
- The job should not require the participating employee to have training before their first day working for the company.
What is an Intermediary and why is one needed?
Each application to the Kickstart Scheme requires the creation of 30 potential positions. An intermediary facilitates the coming together of companies who are looking to create new jobs for young workers. The intermediary then pools together the required 30 potential positions and applies on the syndicate’s behalf. The Intermediary has an obligation to take on all payments and pass these onto the companies within the syndicate.
Why is Shadow Foundr an intermediary?
The initiative will expand Shadow Foundr’s existing network and help strengthen relationships with participating start-ups for the duration of the Scheme and beyond.
Does this cost me anything?
No, there is no direct cost to any companies participating in the Scheme. It is a grant provided by the UK Government in an effort to grow the economy and provide opportunities to young workers.
Can I choose who I employ?
Companies will write their own job descriptions, interview and select candidates based on the needs for the new role.
How does the process work with Shadow Foundr?
- Start-ups discusses the potential job/s with Shadow Foundr.
- Start-ups submit to Shadow Foundr the following:
a. Reasons for the creation of the new role.
b. Support plan to increase the employability of the participating employee.
Please follow the FAQ asking “What exactly do I need to do to apply” below for the exact information Shadow Foundr needs to consider your claim.
- When the syndicate reaches 30 potential positions, Shadow Foundr will submit the application on behalf of the start-ups within the syndicate.
- The start-ups will be provided grant agreement/s that must be signed.
- The start-ups submit the job description/s to Shadow Foundr.
- Start-ups will then be contacted by candidates that have been matched to the job placement/s.
- Start-ups select the most appropriate candidates.
- Shadow Foundr will distribute the initial set-up costs once the employer has enrolled the participating employee on the payroll and is being paid through PAYE.
- Government performs checks during the 6-month placement to ensure they are having the best experience with the scheme.
What exactly do I need to do to apply?
Shadow Foundr requires the following information to consider making the claim on your behalf:
We need to know that the job placements are new jobs and do not replace existing or planned vacancies and/or cause existing employees, apprentices or contractors to lose or reduce their employment. You can do this by telling us:
- About changes to your workforce in the last 6 months and why (for example redundancies and changes to hours worked by existing staff).
- The number of people affected by changes to your workforce in the last 6 months as well as the size of your overall workforce.
- About the kinds of roles, functions and average salary of those who were made redundant or who had their hours reduced in the last 6 months.
- If you would be able to create these job placements without Kickstart Scheme funding and what funding source you would use.
- What recruitment you have completed, started or paused in the last 6 months, including how similar these vacancies are or were to the roles you are creating for the Kickstart Scheme.
- If the job placements will be similar to existing or planned roles or the roles previously done by those made redundant or with fewer working hours, why you are using Kickstart Scheme funding to create similar roles.
- If you’ve engaged with any relevant trade unions and any advice they have given.
We need to know how you or the organisation you are representing will help the participants to develop their skills and experience. You can do this by telling us:
- What support will be offered (for example helping them with writing their CV and preparing for an interview).
- When you will provide this support (for example half way through their placement or towards the end).
- How many hours it will take.
- Who will provide the support (for example you may already have a pre-existing relationship with training providers).
- How you will monitor the support given to the participant to ensure they will be more employable at the end of their job placement.
- How the participant can provide feedback during their placement and afterwards, and how this will be acted on if needed.
There is £1,500 of funding available for each job placement to set up support and training, as well as helping pay for uniforms and other setup costs.
How do I apply?
If you are interested in being a part of Shadow Foundr’s syndicate, kindly fill in the short form found by clicking here.