Kickstart from UK government

Do you run a business in South Lanarkshire? Looking for help to create a new job? Speak to us about Kickstart

We can help you access 100% funding for newly created jobs and work placements which are:

  • Suitable for a local young person aged 16 – 24 who is currently unemployed
  • At entry level – not requiring extensive training before starting
  • At least 25 hours per week at the National Minimum Wage for at least 6 months
  • Not replacing existing jobs in your company.

We’ll provide training, skills and employability support for the young people you employ whilst helping them to move into permanent jobs.

Getting young people into job placements

Kickstart job placements are only available for Universal Credit claimants aged 16 to 24 who are referred to registered businesses by local Job Centre advisors (Department of Work and Pensions – DWP).

If the application is successful:

  • we will give DWP job descriptions that work coaches at Jobcentre Plus will use
  • work coaches will match suitable candidates to the job placements
  • your business will then be able to interview the candidates matched to their job placements
  • your business as the employer will select the candidate best suited to the role

Funding will only be given if a young person is hired using this Kickstart Scheme process.

How will my business be paid Kickstart funding?

DWP will use information from HMRC to check that the young person is still employed. The grant funding to pay the young person’s salary will be paid to you after confirmation that the young person is :

  • enrolled on your business’ payroll
  • being paid through Pay As You Earn (PAYE)

Your business can pay a higher wage and for more hours but the funding will not cover this.

What do I need to apply?

  • your Companies House reference number, Charity Commission number or Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator number, if they have one
  • your organisation’s address and contact details
  • details of the job placements and their location

We will also need to know that the job placements have not:

  • replaced existing or planned vacancies
  • caused existing employees, apprentices or contractors to lose work or reduce their working hours

After we have established that your company is eligible and that the vacancies are new and additional, we will ask you for information on:

  • how many employees you have
  • about changes to your workforce in the last 6 months and why (for example redundancies and changes to hours worked by existing staff)
  • the number of people affected by changes to your workforce in the last 6 months
  • about the kinds of roles, functions and average salary of those who were made redundant or who had their hours reduced in the last 6 months
  • if you would be able to create these job placements without Kickstart Scheme funding and what funding source you would use
  • what recruitment you have completed, started or paused in the last 6 months, including how similar these vacancies are or were to the roles you are creating for the Kickstart Scheme
  • if the job placements will be similar to existing or planned roles or the roles previously done by those made redundant or with fewer working hours and why you are using Kickstart Scheme funding to create similar roles
  • if they’ve engaged with any relevant trade unions and any advice the unions have given

Interested? Please use our enquiry form to contact us.