The Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements for young people aged 16-24, who are claiming Universal Credit and are at risk of long-term unemployment. The funding will cover each job placement at 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week. There will also be additional funding available to support young people to build their experience and to help them move into sustained employment after their Kickstart Scheme funded job.

Why does it matter to employers?

This scheme means you can offer placements to a diverse cohort of early talent, at no (or a subsidised) cost to your company.

With the youth unemployment climate seeming quite desperate, this is your chance to show these young people they are valued. The current lack of skills development for those on Universal Credit means they are at risk of becoming long-term unemployed.

It’s a highly cost effective opportunity to both see and develop talent in a meaningful way through work experience placements, where young people can then be moved into an apprenticeship at the end of the 6 months, either with that employer, or have the skills to find a role for them. As Covid has effectively eliminated the traditional entry level jobs within retail and hospitality, this is a new way to reduce long term unemployment for young people and keep developing skills needed in your future talent.

The Essential Facts

  • Employers must bid for a minimum of 30 placements but can partner with other organisations in their geographical area to hit this target. You can also utilise your representative body to coordinate a mix of employers.
  • Placements can be staggered, so if you result in having 25 placements, you can stagger the others to start later.
  • Participants must be on Universal Credit, not the Job Seeker Allowance (although scope might widen to include those on JSA in the future).
  • Employer must provide and evidence wrap around employability skills development and support.
  • All jobs must be advertised solely on Jobs Centre Plus, and referrals must come via their work coaches, to evidence that applicants are on Universal Credit. After referrals, employers can interview and make decisions on candidates.

To find out more about the details of the funding and application process, please click here.

How can MyKindaFuture help?

Employers are seeing application numbers up by 200%, and we can deliver an engaging candidate experience whilst managing these high volumes. The latest UCAS stats also show that the percentage of students entering Year 13 who are interested in apprenticeships, is now up 42% – there are big pools of candidates ready and waiting!

One of the ways we excel for our clients is in delivering a strong candidate experience. Do you want to be seen as an employer of choice? Do you want to seize the opportunity to show this generation of talent that there is a place for them in the jobs market, and that you will invest in their future? And for those who are not successful, still see you positively as an employer?

The result?

Candidates will be set up for success, which maximises your conversion rate for an age group who are largely feeling left out in the cold.

By teaming up with MKF, you’d also see a measured impact of your efforts on young people through our reporting software, showing exactly how much engagement you’re delivering, thus evidencing the employability support you provide.

Come along to our online session to ask your questions and hear the finer details of the scheme!