DWP Kickstart Scheme revised

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Kickstart Scheme provides fully-funded jobs for 16-24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment.

The funding available pays 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours per week for 6 months.

In September 2020 we previously reported on the launch of the scheme. The article can be accessed here.

The DWP has now made it easier for employers of all sizes to benefit from joining the scheme, by removing the limit requiring they create a minimum of 30 vacancies in order to be able to apply directly.  This will enable a greater number of employers to get involved with the scheme and create many more exciting opportunities for young people.

Employers who want support to get involved with the scheme can continue to partner with one of their many Gateway organisations such as a Local Authority or Chamber of Commerce.

Gateways can help provide a local connection and the necessary wrap around support which is a hallmark of Kickstart.

Guidance on choosing a kick start gateway can be found here.

Tips for making a successful kick start scheme application can be accessed here.

A guide for employers can be accessed here.

Leicestershire County Council released an article titled “plans to boost economy revealed “ on 18 January 2021, which explained their approach to supporting the Government’s Kickstart scheme by working with Leicester City Council to create 30 year-long apprenticeships across the two authorities.  The article can be accessed here and may provide some local viewpoint for local VCSE organisations re-considering the scheme. https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/news/plans-to-boost-economy-revealed