Selnet have been approved as a Gateway provider for the Government’s Kickstart Scheme, providing funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit.
About the Kickstart Scheme
The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers:
- 100% of the 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 spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021.
Selnet as a Gateway Provider
Selnet recognise that social enterprises across Lancashire are in a unique position to offer excellent opportunities to young people however this is unlikely to be at scale. In becoming a Gateway provider, Selnet aim to make it easy for our members to get involved, whether you can provide just one placement or several.
What employers will receive
In addition to the wages cost, the Government are providing further on-boarding costs of £1,500 per job placement. This is to support the young person with training and to help them become ‘job ready’, as well as helping with any set-up costs. Selnet will be on-hand to advise employers how to make best use of this funding to ensure a positive outcome for all.
Working with 11 Selnet members, we have our first 50 placements approved and are hoping to have the young people in post early in the New Year.
We are now able to vary our agreement with DWP and extend this offer to other businesses that can support a young person.
If you have a placement to offer and would like to work with us, fill out this quick Expression of Interest (EoI). We need just a few details about your business and the type of roles you’re planning to offer.
Job Placement Criteria
The job placements created must be new jobs. The placements must not:
- Replace existing or planned vacancies
- Cause existing employees, apprentices or contractors to lose work or reduce their working hours
The job placements must:
- Be a minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months
- Pay at least the national minimum wage or the national living wage for the employee’s age group
- Only require basic training
What is a Gateway
Gateway Representatives have been selected by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) as credible organisations with experience in managing partnerships agreements and have a robust financial and governance process to manage Kickstart placement procedures.
The DWP has checked and approved Selnet as a Kickstart Gateway using the Cabinet Office Spotlight Tool.
If you’re creating fewer than 30 job placements, as a Kickstart gateway Selnet can apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant for you.
This does not guarantee that you will get Kickstart Scheme funding. Your application will be assessed against the Kickstart Scheme criteria by DWP.