What is the Kickstart Scheme?

The Kickstart Scheme is part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs which was announced in July 2020 and it aims to create hundreds and thousands of new, fully funded and paid work placements across England, Scotland and Wales.

The scheme offers funding for employers to create new 6 month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

Funding will cover for each job placement:

  • 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
  • the associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrollment contributions

There is also £1500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.

This is a fantastic opportunity for your organisation to make a real difference to young people during this difficult time. It is also a beneficial opportunity which can help attract young talent into your organisation and sector – and it is fully funded!

Am I Eligible?

Am I Eligible?

If you are offering 30 placements or more, you can apply directly here.

However if you are offering less than 30 placements then you will need to apply through an intermediary who will act as a gateway and apply on behalf of a group of organisations. The Harborough Innovation Centre is acting as an intermediary for employers in the Harborough District. If you are interested and you can meet the criteria below then please complete the application form at the bottom of this page.

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
  • funded by the Kickstart Scheme grant and would not exist without this funding

You will also need to 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 will it work?

How will it work?

If you have any questions, please email business@harborough.gov.uk

(If it would be helpful, one of our team can phone you for a more detailed chat and to answer any specific questions that you might have).

Applications to apply through the Harborough Innovation Centre will be open soon. Check this page for updates.