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Kickstart Scheme

Employers in South Norfolk are urged to join the Kickstart Scheme which offers funding to create job opportunities for 16 to 24-year olds.

What is the Kickstart scheme?

Businesses in the district can use the Kickstart Scheme to create new 6-month job placements for young people 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. For organisations who can provide a minimum of 30 job placements, they can apply direct. If your business is unable to accommodate that number of placements, you and other businesses in the district can partner with South Norfolk Council to provide the minimum number together.

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.

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.

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

How will my business receive funding?

All grants will be paid in arrears once the DWP have verified that the young person is employed and is being paid through PAYE. The first placements under the scheme are likely to be available from November 2020.