KickStart Programme

Expand your team with a Government Supported Kickstart Employee

The Plan for Jobs has introduced new support for FIS members to take on 16-24 for initial six months from the Government’s new Kick-start scheme.  The new £2 billion Kickstart scheme is designed to help employers to create new jobs for those aged 16-24, claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.  There is no cap on the number of places per employer.

Funding will be available for each six month job placement and will cover 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week and employers will be able to top this wage up.

FIS are approved by The Department of Work and Pensions to act as a gateway for employers.  If you are interested in taking on some young people, we want to hear from you, please complete this form indicating your interest and the number of places that you would like to offer.

If you are an employer looking to create job placements for young people and introduce new talent into your company and the sector, you may be able to apply for grants to help with this as part of the Government funded Kickstart Scheme.

The £2 billion Kickstart Scheme provides support for employers to create job placements for 16–24-year-olds who are claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

Government have produced a helpful YouTube Kickstart Video which explains more about the Scheme.

Funding will be available for each six-month job placement and will cover 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week. (including National Insurance & employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions). In addition to the wage support, there is £1,500 available per job placement available to help with setup costs, support and training.

Employers can apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant by either: applying online directly or getting help from an approved Kickstart gateway like the FIS.

As a gateway, FIS will help you develop information about the job placements you would like to offer, share this information with DWP on your behalf and pay the funding to you.

If you are interested in taking on some young people onto the Kickstart Scheme, we want to hear from you. Please complete our  expression of interest form with your contact details and the number of places that you would like to offer.

Further guidance on the scheme can be found on the government website at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-a-kickstart-scheme-grant

For further information please also contact Catherine Bullough (Skills & Training Co-ordinator)