GMCVO can help voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations and businesses access the government's Kickstart scheme and wants to hear from interested parties.
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 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 - 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.
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.
GMCVO wants to hear from VCSE sector organisations and businesses who believe they could commit to providing high quality work placements, who alone could not offer 30 placements.
To confirm your interest in accessing Kickstart funding please complete this expression of interest (EOI) form.
The EOI form is not binding. You do not need a work placement ready to offer immediately. The form merely asks that you are confident of being able to offer a high quality work placement (or placements) between now and December 2021 (when Kickstart ends) and asks for some details on the roles you intend to offer.
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.