Kickstart Scheme

19 Oct 2020

Bath and North East Somerset Council is one of many organisations who are interested in supporting small and medium size businesses and charities who have fewer than 30 job placements to offer. We want your help by getting involved in the Kickstart Scheme and would like to compile a list of interested parties. 

Kickstart will provide high quality 6-month work placements aimed at those aged 16-24 who are on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. For each new job created, funding is available for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours per week, plus the associated National Insurance contributions and start-up costs.

Our Skills Partner Achieve in B&NES, will be acting as the Bath & North East Somerset Council intermediary for the Kickstart Scheme.

This is part of the government’s Plan for Jobs and aims to create hundreds and thousands of new, fully funded jobs across England, Scotland and Wales. The first placements are likely to be available from November.

We are currently looking for local employers to create high quality 6 month work placements.

Businesses whom are able to create 30 or more job placements can apply for the funding directly on the Government website: www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-you-can-apply-for-a-grant-through-the-kickstart-scheme

As an SME, if you are unable to offer this many job placements, you can connect with us to join a group of businesses to reach the minimum number. SMEs interested in creating one or more placements need to apply through us an intermediary, please email achieve@bathnes.gov.uk and the Skills team will provide you with the information you need.

Up to £1,500 per job placement for set-up costs, support and training is available following a successful application process and applications must be new jobs and they must not replace existing or planned vacancies, or cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment. We especially want to hear from employers committed to diversity and inclusion, who can offer local placements for Bath and North East Somerset’s young people facing the greatest risks and challenges.

Kickstart is not an apprenticeship, but participants may move on to an apprenticeship at any time during, or after their job placement. We are keen to hear from employers that can convert successful placements into sustainable apprenticeships and jobs. 

Why become a placement provider?

  • You will help young people get into work
  • You will be bringing jobs and funding to your area or sector at a difficult time
  • You will be able to support employers in your network to access Kickstart Scheme funding and support economic recovery
  • You can build new networks and/or attract new members

We are particularly interested in hearing from employers committed to diversity and inclusion, who can offer local placements for young people facing the greatest risks and challenges in Bath & North East Somerset and those which are accessible for young people who may require additional employment support.