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Our Kickstart Scheme

We support the most exciting and innovative enterprises to create pathways into employment for young people.

About the Scheme

The Kickstart scheme is part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs, announced in July. £2bn of funding has been allocated to create thousands of 6 month work placements for unemployed people aged 16-24, giving them a chance to get back into the workplace and kickstart our economy.

The placements need to help young people develop the skills and experience they will need in the workplace at the end of their placement – whilst providing you with the extra resource you need to grow your business.

Our initiative includes:

Attendance of monthly interactive workshops with motivational guest speakers

A dedicated Youth Coach for you and your Kickstarters

A 6-month work placement, fully-funded by the government

Full wraparound skills provision by The Youth Group and our charity partner, EmployabilityUK

An online employability skills resource available to our Kickstarters 24/7

Continuous support and mentoring for Kickstarters from The Youth Group and EmployabilityUK, including full mental health support

How our Kickstart Scheme works:

The Youth Group, in conjunction with our charity partner EmployabilityUK, acts as the administrator for companies that sign up, enabling any firm, large or small, to participate.

The Youth Group will match Kickstarters to companies through an interview process, making sure that companies get the right talent, and young people receive the right training before they start their placement.

Over 100 hours of youth-first training delivered by The Youth Group and our kickstart coaches who are experts in the industry for each young person across the first 6 months of the scheme.

Ongoing support for every young person, with mentoring throughout the placement and constant access to support online through digital channels.

Support Future Players

We help enterprises to engage, recruit and support young people through in-placement support with the kickstart

Becoming an effective member of the team in the workplace

Building mental resilience in everyday life to handle what comes the young person's way

Learning relevant digital skills that will help you in the workplace

How to be successful and add value to the workplace

Kickstart Team

Carol Phillips

Head of Operations - Overseeing Kickstart Processes

Samiha Shimla

Executive Assistant - Kickstart Support

Petra Bolitho

Ambassador / Youth Recruit Team

Marta Mazur

Ambassador / Youth Recruit Team

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With our global community of

1,783,001

we have already changed the future for 90,432 young people.

We support all young people who are:

Young people ages 16 to 24 years old

Young people living in England

Young people who are on universal credit

Young people who are currently out of work

Kickstart is a great way for people to get into work and earn and learn at the same time.

Rishi Sunak

UK Chancellor

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The Kickstart scheme is part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs, announced in July. £2bn of funding has been allocated to create thousands of 6 month work placements for unemployed people aged 16-24, giving them a chance to get back into the workplace and kickstart our economy. The placements need to help young people develop the skills and experience they will need in the workplace at the end of their placement – whilst providing you with the extra resource you need to grow your business

The Kickstart scheme starts with the first placements available from November 2020 however you can get involved now and get ready with our support. The scheme will run throughout the rest of the year and 2021, in 6-months placements blocks.

Every business in the UK is eligible to apply for Kickstart placements, as long as the jobs are genuinely new. You can’t use Kickstart funding to replace existing or planned jobs. They must be for a minimum of 25 hours per week, pay at least the National Minimum Wage and not require people to undertake extensive training before they can begin their placement.

There is no limit to the number of Kickstart placements you can use, but by applying for the funding in your own name you won't get the wrap around support that we at The Youth Group provide for your placements.

You no longer need a minimum of 30 job placements to apply directly for a grant. However, working with The Youth Group we have successfully supported over 700+ Kickstarters for companies just like yours to get a kickstarter and remember at no cost to you at all.

Tell us how many new jobs you want to create (it can be as few as one), where you want to create them, and what the jobs will be. We will then guide you through the entire application process via the Department of Work and Pensions to access the Kickstart funding. All you will need to do follow or simple process, interview and select your young people and then give them super work to do. The 100 hours of training, pastoral care and an accountability team member is all taken care of by us!

Under the scheme, the Government will fund each kickstart placement with a cap of £6,800, broken down as follows:

£1,500 to fund The Youth Group’s training programme in advance of kickstart work placements as well as their on-going support of the kickstarter whilst on site including a mentor and mental health support.

£5,000 to fund the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, associated employer national insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions, for the duration of six months scheme.

The funding will be paid to the company to fund the young person’s salary in arrears, with the relevant payments passed to The Youth Group to fund the young person training program, ongoing mentorship & pastoral care that lasts for 12 months.

Yes - The Youth Group team will be able to match young people to companies based on your criteria once they have been sent to our doorway via the Jobcentre.

The Youth Group will manage the initial screen process, and then you will get to interview / select any young person you would like to speak to based on the selection process that we offer you.

We’re committed that employers get the right kind of talent, and that young people get the right information and training before they start.

Yes of course, you can top up the kickstart’s salary at your discretion. Any top up will need to be funded by the employer directly.

We will support you every step of the way, as much or as little as you need. We can help you create a job description and adverts. We will also work with Jobcentre Plus to help you find the right young people. We can then help you to shortlist and interview the young people, if required, to make sure you get the right fit for your company. We will handle all of the administration involved in employing someone. We will also provide lots of support for the young person in a youth-first way so they stay engaged, to make sure that they are ready for work and help them get ready to move into a permanent role at the end of their placement.

Each young person will have a Kickstart Youth Coach, who will work with them throughout their time on placement, to build their employability skills and prepare them to look for a permanent role at the end of the placement.

The young person can be employed by you or The Youth Group however they will work for you. You will be responsible for managing them on a day-to-day basis and making sure they have meaningful work to do. But, we will be there if you need any support or to help with resolving any problems.

That’s for you to decide what you feel is best. It will depend on the role that you’ve created for the young person. There’s no requirement to deliver any formal training or qualifications, but again, this would be role dependent and down to you and what best will support the young person.

Our Kickstart programme will include over 100 hours of digital training delivered by The Youth Group for each young person over the first month.

The youth-first raining will be based on a bespoke curriculum that we have created, split into four key areas:

- Work Awareness (Coming to work ready)
- The Digital Workplace (The Nuts and Bolts)
- The Green Grass (Mental Health, Managing Personal Finance, Confidence building)

No, your role does not have to be in a physical office environment at this time in line with government guidelines.

The aim of the scheme is to prepare people for permanent jobs. This doesn’t mean that you need to provide that role – there is no obligation or commitment on you to provide a permanent role at the end of the placement.

We will work with the young person to help them identify the work they want to do and support them in getting a permanent job. If you want to offer them a full time role at the end of the placement then that is great and we would be happy to support you with this transition for free.

Ready to Kickstart?