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SPS Training is supporting the Government's plan for jobs campaign and is now an approved intermediary for the Kickstart scheme. The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit.

What is 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:

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

Employer Incentive

  • £1,500 per job placement -  This is for setup costs and to support the young person develop their employability skills. If you get someone else to do some of this for you, such as your Kickstart gateway, you’ll have to agree how you will share this money.
  • Kickstart Scheme wages and related costs -  This funding covers:

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

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will send the funding to the Kickstart gateway. They will be responsible for giving the funding to you.

Job placement criteria

The job placements must:

For each job placement you must help the young person become more employable. This could include:

  • looking for long-term work, including career advice and setting goals
  • support with curriculum vitae (CV) and interview preparations
  • developing their skills in the workplace

If you are not eligible for Kickstart Scheme funding, find out about other employment schemes.

The young person may be able to move to another employment scheme when they’ve finished their 6-month Kickstart Scheme job placement.

What you need to provide SPS Training as your Kickstart gateway

You will need to complete this form and the information you provide will need to include:

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

Further information and guidance is available on the gov.uk website

Please contact us on 01438 537001 if you have any further queries on working with SPS Training as your gateway provider.



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