In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK government created multiple schemes and initiatives to help the UK economy, our companies and workers stay afloat. One of these initiatives is the new Kickstart Scheme, which focuses on minimising long-term employment within the younger working population.
Here are the key details about the Kickstart Scheme and how it can help:
The Kickstart Scheme is aimed towards employers across the UK who create new job placements for 16 - 24 year olds that are at risk of experiencing long-term unemployment due to COVID-19.
Job placements will focus on providing employability skills such as commercial experience, transferable skills and references to help young people achieve and sustain employment after their 6 month Kickstart role.
How can you get involved?
Young People - There are two paths to get a new kickstart job placement after being on Universal Credit.
Firstly you can apply directly to roles through online job boards such as Indeed, here you can look out for roles that specify the kickstart schemes criteria.
Secondly you can discuss the scheme with your work coach during Universal meetings, where they will be able to give you more information.
Employers - Your application for the Kickstart scheme depends upon how many job placements you will be creating and filling.
If you are applying for 29 placements or less, then you will need to use a Kickstart gateway to place the application on your behalf. There are gateways across the UK, Scotland and Wales and can be a range of different organisations, trading body charities. You can find a list of Gateways here that can assist you.
For employers that will be applying for 30 placements or more and can be completed through gov.uk here. As an employer applying directly you will be subject to more checks and need to provide information directly to the DWP and government bodies.
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