Following the government’s announcement of the kick start scheme, we wanted to share our thoughts for employers who are considering taking part.
About the kick start scheme
(Download the government’s employer guide to the kick start scheme)
The scheme is aimed at creating 6-month paid work experience placements for 16-24-year-olds who are on universal credit.
Employers will receive funding for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum auto-enrolment pension contributions.
There is also £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.
Here’s the criteria… you must provide a minimum of 30 job placements or partner with a group of organisations, nominate a representative organisation and make a bid for the scheme.
Notes for employers
We welcome the announcement of the kick start scheme and understand that many employers have wondered why it is not open to all small to medium size businesses. Based on this fact, you might consider that these placements need to be managed and resourced.
In an ideal world this would act as the first step leading to a real job opportunity. This scheme is similar to a traineeship where within a number of weeks a young person is given the opportunity to prove themselves and secure a meaningful job at the end.
It is proven that having a job early on is significant to the future prospects of a young person. In a recession, it is important to first get a job and then build your career. This will be familiar territory for those who started working in the recession in the late 70s and early 80s.
In the first instance, employers should consider if they can support the management and training of the young person. And secondly, to consider who they might partner with to access the scheme.
Third sector organisations working with young people already have the experience of encouraging employers to take on young people on work experience or taster days. We believe there is an opportunity for employers to get involved working with those already experienced in supporting young people into work.
Ensure that if you offer a scheme, and if the young person proves themselves that there is a genuine opportunity at the end of it.