Kickstart Scheme

We have received a lot of interest in the Kickstart scheme and we are currently processing the expressions of interest we have received to date. We are progressing the first cohort of Kickstart partners and will look to progress a second cohort in January, 2021.

Businesses in Broadland and South Norfolk districts can still register their interest with us via our online form. Please note that we will be in contact with you in January when we start to administer the second cohort of Kickstart partners. In January, we will provide an application form and a template role profile for each participating business to ensure that placements match the criteria set out by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

If your organisation is creating more than 30 job placements as part of the Kickstart Scheme, you can submit your application directly to the DWP: start your application.

What is the Kickstart scheme?

Businesses in the district can use the Kickstart Scheme to create new six-month job placements for 16 to 24-year olds who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. 

Funding is available for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. In addition, £1,500 per job placement will be available for setup costs, support and training.

Who can apply?

The scheme is open to any organisation, no matter what size. 

The minimum requirements to apply for funding are:

  • job placements must be new jobs and must not be in replacement of existing vacancies or self-employed contractors; and
  • roles must be for up to 25 hours per week for six months, paying at least the relevant National Minimum Wage and should not require people to undertake extensive training before beginning.

Employers must commit to develop the skills and experience of each applicant which should include:

  • supporting them to look for long-term work;
  • supporting them with CV and interview preparation; and
  • supporting them with basic skills such as attendance, timekeeping and teamwork.

Once a job placement is created, it can be taken up by a second applicant after the first has completed their six-month period.

For organisations who can provide a minimum of 30 job placements, they can apply directly. If your business is unable to accommodate that number of placements, you and other businesses in the district can partner with Broadland and South Norfolk District Councils to provide the minimum number together (details below).

How can I apply?

If your organisation has opportunities for new jobs but can not create 30 new jobs, then businesses in the Broadland and South Norfolk districts can register their interest with us via our online form. If we receive enough enquiries from businesses, we can help bring together a joint application made up of those businesses.

Remember, if your organisation is creating more than 30 job placements as part of the Kickstart Scheme, you can submit your application directly. 

How will my business receive funding?

Grants will be paid in arrears when the DWP verifies that the young person is employed and being paid through PAYE. The first placements under the scheme are likely to be available from January 2021.