Kickstart

Kickstart

Kickstart job placement scheme

Devon & Plymouth Chamber is supporting the Department for Work & Pensions in helping small businesses get involved in 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. We are working alongside the British Chambers of Commerce and is a recognised intermediary in helping businesses access the scheme.

Businesses who want to create fewer than 30 placements can do so via Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce.

The job placements created with Kickstart funding must be new jobs.

They must not:

  • replace existing or planned vacancies
  • cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment
  • The roles you are applying for must be:
  • a minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months
  • paid at least the National Minimum Wage for their age group
  • should not require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement

Employers must be able to develop the applicants skills and experience, including:

  • support to look for long-term work, including career advice and setting goals
  • support with CV and interview preparations
  • supporting the participant with basic skills, such as attendance, timekeeping and teamwork

Once a job placement is created, it can be taken up by a second person once the first successful applicant has completed their 6-month term.

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