Expression of Interest: Kickstart

GMCVO wants to hear from VCSE sector organisations and businesses who want to provide work placement opportunities to young people (aged 16-24) by accessing the Kickstart programme.

Employers wishing to apply directly for funding must be able to offer a minimum of 30 job placements. Many employers within the VCSE sector will not be able to provide this many placements - this is where GMCVO intends to help. 

GMCVO will, in partnership with the Growth Company, act as a 'Gateway', enabling employers offering less than 30 placements to access Kickstart funding.

Please complete this Expression of Interest form to tell us about your organisation and the type of placements you are proposing. By completing this form you are agreeing to let us pass these details onto a Department of Work and Pensions-approved Gateway (we are currently working to establish who will be best-placed to support VCSE sector employers).

This form in no way commits you to providing work placements. You do not need a work placement ready to offer immediately. We do ask however, that you are confident of being able to offer a high quality work placement (or placements) between now and December 2021 (when Kickstart ends).

Kickstart funding will cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage  (under 18 £4.55 / 18-20 £6.45 / 21-24 £8.20) for 25 hours a week.

Employers can top up the funding to ensure that wages are enhanced to meet the UK Living Wage (£9.30 per hour). We would encourage all businesses creating Kickstart placements to ensure that wages are enhanced and topped up to meet the UK Living Wage where possible.

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