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 fund 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 government will fund each Kickstart work placement – paying 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage (under 18 £4.55 / 18-20 £6.45 / 21-24 £8.20) for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.
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.
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.
To find out more and to register your interest, please visit the dedicated website hosted by The Growth Company.
Gateways check that job placements are eligible and submit applications (to access Kickstart) on behalf of multiple employers. They also pass on the relevant payments made by Department of Work and Pensions (i.e the young person’s salary and the employer's £1,500 start-up payment) and can offer support with training and employability support for placed young people.
The Growth Company are offering Kickstart employers a range of HR and ‘back office’ support to help onboard new-starters and offering on-placement support to young people.
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.