Don’t miss out on your opportunity to benefit from the Chancellor’s £2bn investment.
The PMA has been appointed by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) as a Gateway provider for this UK-wide initiative (excluding Northern Ireland). We are now accepting applications from employers for one or more placements for Kickstart.
The scheme provides a much needed, valuable and talent-rich resource to GP Practices, Dental Practices and Care Homes throughout the UK. This is especially relevant with the immediate increase in workload due to the delivery of the national COVID-19 vaccination timetable.
DWP is delighted to be working with the PMA across the UK and is providing full support to help us deliver a high-quality programme to young people most in need. This will help ease the increased workload being placed on GP Practices, Dental Practices and Care Homes during these challenging times.
Currently, there are around some 900,000 young people eligible for Kickstart, an increase of over 50% since 2019 and the Chancellor has pledged £2bn of support to help counter this situation.
The Govt new Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements aimed at those aged 16 to 24 who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long term unemployment.
Kickstart Scheme funding for each placement will cover:
- 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months
- Associated employer National Insurance contributions
- Employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions
- Employers can pay a higher wage and for more hours but the funding will not cover this.
Kickstart Employee (placement)
The 6-month placement will support the participant develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the scheme.
The scheme will help the young person become more employable. This could include:
- Looking for long term work, including career advice and setting goals
- Support with Curriculum vitae (CV) and interview preparations
- Developing their skills in the workplace
End of placement choices
- Employ the participant
- Turn the participant into an apprenticeship
- Release participant with excellent work and employability skills
- Employ another participant
See our FAQ section further down the page.