I am sure that most of you are already aware of the Kickstart Scheme which was launched in late 2020 as part of the Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s ‘Plan for Jobs’. It is a 6 months placement scheme to provide skills and experience to young people aged 16-24 years, to move them closer to sustainable work. Kickstart placements must not replace an existing job role, but should be additional. The participant will be paid by the government for 25 x hours per week at the NMW and each employer will receive a grant of £1500 per individual employed to support them throughout the placement.
You may also be interested to learn that the DWP has partnered with The Open University to launch an exciting new Kickstart Scheme web page https://www.open.edu/openlearn/kickstart to enhance and support the employability and training for any candidates before, during and after their Kickstart placements – details in the attached flyer.
Please help to raise the profile of the scheme with those young people you may be working with as well as any partner organisations with whom you engage. Similarly, if you are interested in joining the scheme as an employer and want to support a young person by offering a placement, please do let me know. More details can be found in the attached and via this link https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/kickstart-scheme
Employer & Partnership Manager | Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight District | Department for Work and Pensions Mob: 0797 970 2346