Kickstart for Education
The Kickstart Scheme: What is it?
The Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion programme launched by the government in July 2020 with the aim of creating new job placements for 16-24 year olds who are at risk of long term unemployment.
The scheme will aim to create hundreds of thousands of job placements for young people, providing work experience across any sector, and support the United Kingdom’s post-COVID economic recovery.
Premier Advisory – the specialist education gateway provider
Following the Government’s announcement of the scheme, Premier Advisory Group (PAG) launched its own Kickstart initiative under the terms of the scheme. PAG is an approved DWP Kickstart Gateway.
This allows PAG to manage applications to the scheme, saving valuable time and resources. PAG has a wealth of educational expertise and will offer professional support and advice throughout the process.
As part of our service, PAG will support clients with:
- Writing applications for Kickstart placements to the DWP. PAG will also provide clients with a list of job descriptions for supernumerary positions which are relevant to the sector.
- Creating job descriptions according to clients’ specific needs
- Facilitating the recruitment process, by helping with Vacancy Forms and sifting applications
- Supporting the administrative related workstreams and coordinate with DWP and Job Centres
- Offering employment training on behalf of clients to ensure kickstart participants are improving their employability during the length of their placement.
Interest in the scheme thus far has been very high, with feedback from PAG clients being overwhelmingly positive; it has been great to see the spirit of collaboration of all involved in making this work.
PAG’s Employability Training Offer
In addition to salaries and on-costs, the DWP is providing £1,500 for each Kickstart employee’s placement. This amount will cover setup costs, for example interview costs, uniforms, laptops, inductions and CPD, as well supporting the young person to develop their employability skills. As part of your application to DWP, you will need to demonstrate how you will provide an appropriate level of support to develop each young person’s employability skills. This can be delivered in house or by PAG as the gateway organisation.
PAG has designed a scheme of work to deliver the mandatory employability training. PAG clients can opt into this and it will be covered from within their £1,500 funding. Our offer ensures compliance with the Kickstart scheme and reduces workload for clients by undertaking the employability training of each young person. PAG offers a modular programme of support to ensure that all Kickstart participants are offered a robust and high-quality programme boosting their employability skills.
Interested parties need to submit an Expression of Interest in applying for Kickstart via PAG. PAG will then coordinate the initial request for placement to the DWP.
Once applications are submitted, and approved by the DWP, clients will need to review and sign an employer agreement, which will include what you agreed to provide through the placements and how much funding you will receive. PAG will then support its clients to complete the DWP Vacancy Forms that capture key information for each placement.
After DWP has processed Vacancy Forms, job opportunities will go live in Jobcentres where job coaches will work to match potential participants with Kickstart roles. PAG will then support you to continue your usual safer recruitment process.
Once you have selected your candidates, you will issue a six-month contract for the successful candidates and on-board them into your organisation as with any new starter. PAG will then ensure you receive DWP funding and support you in keeping track of grant expenditure.
We would love to talk to you about the Kickstart scheme. Get in touch with us or book an appointment with one of our consultants using the links below.