GMCVO has partnered with The Growth Company to help voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in Greater Manchester access and benefit from the Government’s Kickstart scheme – helping to give young people the opportunity to gain vital skills and experience that will boost their employability. 

Kickstart is a £2 billion Government initiative to create hundreds of thousands of high quality, six-month paid work placements for young people aged 16-24, who are claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long term unemployment.

The Kickstart scheme is being delivered in response to the biggest global economic, societal and public health shock for decades

The Government is offering a subsidy to businesses and organisations to create new Kickstart job roles, to inject the talents and energies of young people and help firms with their recovery, as well as providing fully funded support for wages, additional support and administration requirements. 

However, 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, so we have partnered with the Growth Company to act as a 'Gateway', enabling employers offering less that 30 placements to access Kickstart funding.

Gateways check that job placements are eligible and submit applications for Kickstart funding on behalf of multiple employers. They also pass on the relevant payments made by Department of Work and Pensions and can offer support with training and employability support for placed young people.

Young people are particularly vulnerable to the scarring effects of long-term unemployment, with many working in some of the hardest-hit sectors

What you can expect from The Growth Company

The Growth Company, a not-for-profit social enterprise have put together a Kickstart package of support which includes:  

  • Being your Gateway Organisation: If you’re not able to offer the minimum requirement of 30 placements on your own, The Growth Company can partner you with other organisations in our network to collectively offer this amount.   

  • On-placement support: The Growth Company can provide a comprehensive development package for those on placement, taking away your need to organise or deliver this.  

  • Employment services: The Growth Company can provide a range of HR and ‘back office’ support to help onboard your new-starters – so you can simply ‘host’ the placement.  

Funding and support to help you secure the future workforce of your organisation

What the goverment funds

Kickstart funding will cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

Employers are able to top up the funding - we would encourage organisations creating Kickstart placements to ensure that wages are enhanced to meet the UK Living Wage wherever possible.

There is also a £1,500 payment (to the employer) for each placed young person. This is to help with setup costs, support and training. Placement jobs have to be new jobs (not replacing existing or planned vacancies) and young people must be supported to develop their skills and experience. This employer guide explains more. 

How can you get involved?

To find out more and to register your interest, please visit the dedicated website hosted by The Growth Company  VISIT WEBSITE




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