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The Kickstart scheme is the Government’s £2 billion scheme to support 16-24 year olds through providing hundreds of thousands of work placements for young people on universal credit who are deemed to be at risk of long-term unemployment.

The scheme will cover 100% of the relevant national minimum wage costs for 25 hours per week and associated National Insurance costs and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. It will also provide a one-off payment of £1,500 for the employer to enable the right support for a placement.

To be eligible for the scheme, businesses will need to show that the placements are not replacing any existing or planned recruitment. They need to have a clear plan to support the individual young person to develop skills and enhance their employability.

There is a minimum application size of 30 placements. Real Ideas will be acting as a ‘gateway’, sometimes known as intermediary or representative body, working with businesses and organisations to be able to access the scheme. We also have a range of levels of support to ensure businesses and organisation and young people are supported to make this scheme a real success.

To apply,

1. Click on the button below.

2. Sign up to become a FREE member of Real Ideas – You’ll receive your log in details via email (make sure you check your junk/spam folder)

3. Access our application form  – You’ll find this when you log into the members’ area under latest news and useful links.

4. Submit your application!

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Our levels of support are:

  1. We can support you to set up and manage the interview process; manage your placement including trouble shooting any issues that arise; support you to create and issue digital credentials to recognise employee achievements and act as a digital reference for your Kickstart employee.
  1. Support for the Kickstart placement
    • Provide a face to face or virtual starter day where employees are introduced to workplace expectations and supported to become a great employee within their specific role.
    • Give your employee access to monthly one to one sessions with a professional navigator (a Real Ideas career coach) to support your employee to build confidence and independence, work on their CV and overcome any personal barriers to success.
    • Access to monthly training sessions to improve their teamwork, communication, independent working skills and ability to get things done and meet deadlines
    • Access to a next steps group session (or ‘Opportunity Hack’ as we call them) where your employees are supported to identify and respond to live opportunities and ensure that they progress into new work at the end of the placement.
  1. Give your employee access to up to 3 one to one sessions with a professional navigator (Real Ideas career coach) to support your employee to build confidence and independence, work on their CV and overcome any personal barriers to success.
    • Access to a next steps group session (or opportunity hack as we call them) where your employees are supported to identify and respond to live opportunities and ensure that they progress into new work at the end of the placement
  1. Workspace through our connect membership for yourself/ Kickstart employee
  2. Access to the scheme and management of the process.

To apply,

1. Click on the button below.

2. Sign up to become a FREE member of Real Ideas – You’ll receive your log in details via email (make sure you check your junk/spam folder)

3. Access our application form  – You’ll find this when you log into the members’ area under latest news and useful links.

4. Submit your application!
Best of luck!
Already a member? Just login to your members’ area to access the EOI.

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