What is Kickstart?
Kickstart is a brand new government scheme for people aged 16 – 24 who are currently in receipt of Universal Credit and are at risk of long term unemployment, helping them get back into paid work.
Here at Wiltshire College & University Centre, we are offering a fantastic opportunity to discover new talent and provide training for young people, giving them the chance to develop new skills that will support your business.
Kickstart Funded Scheme
Workers on a Kickstart placement will receive a wage that is funded through the scheme, which includes 100% of the age-relevant National Minimum Wage, National Insurance and employer minimum automatic pension contributions.
Employers will also be able to access up to £1,500 per job placement they provide to cover set-up, support, equipment, training and employability training.
Kickstart Delivery Time
Each Kickstart placement lasts six months, and employers have the opportunity to offer permanent employment after the scheme has ended. On completion of the training, Wiltshire College & University Centre will be able to support the trainee with additional training where needed, in agreement with the employer.
The Kickstart scheme is being delivered until December 2021.
Gateway for Small Businesses
If you are able to offer fewer than 30 job placements, you can join the Wiltshire College & University Centre Gateway as a small business, enabling you to access the scheme. We will seek other small businesses in a similar situation on your behalf, and act as an intermediary.
How Can We Help?
- We provide bespoke training packages that allow you to get the most out of our £1,500 allowance per placement. Each package will allow you to pick and mix training options, tailoring the training to your specific business needs.
- We work in conjunction with the DWP to find the right candidates for you. They will be assessed through the College to ensure the right people are carefully chosen for their employer.
- We assist in an applicant's Kickstart journey from beginning to end, including any additional support or training after the scheme has ended, if the employer chooses to offer a permanent job (subject to additional fees).