Kickstart - 6 month job placement for young people helping address long-term unemployment

Together with Koreo and Charityworks, we are helping organisations from the student movement and social enterprise sectors access government-backed Kickstart job placements for young people on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term youth unemployment. Over 200 organisations are already accessing roles through our gateway, and there are over 500 roles available for young people aged 16-24 to apply for now all across the country.

At Impact Hub Islington, we believe in the potential of young people to play a significant role in our national recovery from the COVID19 pandemic and we know that as a sector we can make a significant contribution to the challenges we face by supporting the talent, energy and learning that young people can bring. That is why we want to ensure as much of the government Kickstart scheme funding as possible is made available for the student movement and social enterprise sectors.

What is Kickstart?

Kickstart provides government funding for 6 month placements for young people aged 16-24 who are on universal credit and at risk of long-term youth unemployment. The placements must be new roles not current vacancies, 25 hours per week, at least national minimum wage (or living wage dependent on the trainees age) and provide training to increase future employment prospects, an additional £1500 is provided to cover training costs.

How does Impact Hub Islington help?

Impact Hub Islington wants to ensure as much as possible of this £2bn fund is targeted into the student movement and social enterprise sectors in England and is a registered gateway which helps these sectors benefit from the funding – helping reduce bureaucracy and running a wrap-around 6 month learning and leadership development programme tailored to the needs of the trainees on your behalf using our 10 years of experience.

How does it work?

  • You let us know if you’re interested in joining the scheme, the job titles of the roles you’re creating and how many roles you want to employ through the scheme
  • We support you in submitting the right information to the DWP and get approval for your roles
  • You then employ your Kickstart hire through Job Centre Plus and once your trainee is in post you will receive a monthly grant in arrears covering the salary (equivalent of 25 hpw at National Minimum Wage), NI contributions and auto-enrolment.  This will be paid to you, with Impact Hub Islington facilitating payments on behalf of DWP – you will also receive £500 of set-up costs per trainee.
  • Your Kickstart hire will also then undertake a programme of professional development and support aimed at enabling them to be impactful in role, whilst developing their skills in line with the aims and requirements of the Kickstart programme.  This will be delivered by Impact Hub Islington utilising our extensive experience in people development and experiential learning, most recently working with young people on our ReDesign programme and will be funded by the £1,500 training and administration grant as part of Kickstart from DWP.

Contact us at [email protected] to sign up!