Introduction to the Kickstart scheme

As part of the government’s Plan for Jobs, a new £2 billion Kickstart Scheme will create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country.

The 6 month placements are open to those aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. They will be available across a range of different sectors in England, Scotland and Wales. The first placements are likely to be available from November.

There will also be extra funding to support young people to build their experience and help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart funded job.

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.

What this entails

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:

Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021.

Kickstart roles within your organisation must not replace existing or planned vacancies and/or cause existing employees, apprentices or contractors to lose work or reduce their working hours.

Should you wish for the role to be topped up over and above the 25 hours funded through the scheme, the employer should agree this with the individual and pay additional hours at the same rate as above.


What you (the employer) will receive

  • Support, advice and guidance to enable the development of suitable job descriptions
  • Assistance with promotion and advertising of vacancies
  • Support with recruitment, such as interviews and employment advice where required
  • £1,500 for each Kickstart placement (this funding is for setup costs and to support the individual to develop their employability skills)
  • Access to the VANS Kickstart Employability Programme (this maybe be chargeable, dependant on cost for VANS to deliver) – details will be made available upon registration.

What the individual (the employee) should expect

  • To be recruited through normal channels and inducted in line with your company procedures
  • To undertake a genuine role, as set out in the job description, which will enable them to develop and enhance their skills working within your organisation
  • A six month placement, supported by the employer, with the opportunity to develop meaningful sector related skills
  • The opportunity to access employability skills and support over and above those developed within the day-to-day role (this could be provided in house, or through the tailored VANS Kickstart Employment Programme)
  • A VANS Kickstart Gateway Liaison Lead as a key contact to engage with directly and report any concerns, issues or challenges back to us

VANS commitment as the Kickstart Gateway

  • To gather information from the employer about the job placements you’d like to offer
  • To use this information to apply online on behalf of a group of employers
  • To pay employers the funding (for example the individuals salary) and the Government employer contribution

In addition we commit to:

  • Share your expertise with the employers to help recruit, onboard and train individuals employed through the scheme (e.g. supporting those with particular disadvantages, barriers to maintaining employment or those working in certain sectors to undertake their placements successfully)
  • Provide a tailored sector-led employability support programme directly to individuals employed through the scheme (through the VANS Kickstart Employability Programme)
  • Provide a named Kickstart Liaison Lead for employers and individuals to provide day-to-day support and guidance

VANS will receive £300 for each placement to support the management costs of administering the programme.

Types of organisations VANS will support

As the voluntary sector infrastructure lead for North Somerset, our intention is to primarily support:

  • registered and incorporated charities and third sector organisations based in and delivering across North Somerset
  • Community Interest Companies whose business predominantly resides in North Somerset, and
  • Unincorporated community groups and volunteer-led services that may benefit from paid capacity

“Unincorporated organisations will work on the model that VANS will effectively be the employer and the capacity would be provided to projects, determined on a case by case basis. In this case VANS will retain the employer and gateway contributions to cover cost and overheads. “

What happens at the end of the 6 months

As a Kickstart Employer you are responsible for the first six months of the placement only. Working alongside yourselves, VANS role is to provide suitable careers support advice and guidance, alongside the work experience gained within your organisation to enable 16-24 year olds to seek full-time employment either with yourselves or elsewhere.

We hope that employers will see the benefits of continuing employment for those individuals who have successfully completed the placement, meaning that as a result from the programme, we would like to see as many jobs as possible created in the sector.


Register Your Interest

If you are an organisation and interested in registering, then please contact Paul Lucock on
07930 736778. If you are eligible to apply for a Kickstart opportunity, then please register with us by emailing: and we will get back to you to discuss opportunities available.

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