New Routes to Employment: Kickstart

IVE are well-placed to support employers and young people in the government’s Kickstart programme as a gateway organisation. If your business would be interested in accessing the scheme, please complete our form.

As part of the government’s Plan for Jobs, Kickstart aims to created fully-funded jobs for young people at risk of long-term unemployment by providing funding to employers to create new placements.

This is a rare opportunity for employers to diversify their workforce and bring new ideas and perspectives into their teams. We are interested in supporting organisations to access this scheme, by making a joint application with a group of employers for the minimum 30 placements required.

If you think you may be able to provide one or more 6-month placement, or might consider offering a part-placement, we want to hear from you!

The initiative includes £1,500 funding per job placement to be spent on support and training for the candidate.

As a training and apprenticeship provider, IVE have a history of working to support the creation of diverse routes into employment, supporting young people to access meaningful jobs. This means we are well-placed to support employers in developing their candidate’s skills and experience. This might include:

  • pre-employmetn training
  • support to look for long-term work, including career advice and setting goals
  • support with CV and interview preparations
  • supporting the participant with basic skills, such as attendance, timekeeping and teamwork.

We would aim to begin the application process before the end of the year, working with employers to ensure a suitable timeline, with placements likely to start in 2021.

Kickstart is a £2 billion fund to create highquality 6-month work placements for young people aged 16-24, supported by their Jobcentre. The job placements created with Kickstart funding must be new jobs. They must not:

  • replace existing or planned vacancies
  • cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment.

The roles you are applying for must be:

  • a minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months
    paid at least the National Minimum Wage for their age group
  • should not require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement.

Once a job placement is created, it can be taken up by a second person once the first successful applicant has completed their 6-month term.

More information is available on the Government’s Kickstart site, here.

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