KICKSTART SCHEME EXPLAINED
The Kickstart Scheme supports companies and young people facing unemployment as a result of COVID-19. Eligible companies can recruit young people aged 16-24 who are on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment on a 6-month work placement and the Government will pay the wages of the young person at minimum wage for 25 hours per week for 6 months. The employer can also receive a grant to cover eligible costs of employing the young person such as IT equipment, uniform, PPE and some of the cost of supervising the young person.
BIDRIGHT’s SUPPORT for EMPLOYERS
Bidright will provide training and support:
- Zoom briefing and initial welcome call to employers and kickstart placements
- Ongoing email and phone support 8am-8pm Monday -Friday and 8am-12pm Saturday
- Monthly call to the kickstart young person
- Monthly zoom networking sessions for Kickstart employees and employers
- Regular monthly feedback on placement and support provided
We also have an arrangement in place with West Berkshire Training Consortium an Ofsted Grade 2 provider to provide the compulsory employability training which is delivered by a tutor but remotely and can be accredited if required.
Through our network of 600 training and recruitment organisations, Bidright can source additional vocationally specific local training and recruitment support for each employer as well as promote progression e.g. to apprenticeships and further learning.
Eligible companies: you must be a company or charity and have at least one year’s accounts.
Numbers of placements should be reasonable in relation to number of existing employees in the ratio of about one Kickstart employee to every three existing employees. At the moment new start-up companies are not eligible
JOIN OUR SCHEME TODAY!
If you would like to join our scheme, please fill in our simple registration form, found under 'Bid Opportunities' on our homepage, to be included in our next application.