NORTH YORKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL KICKSTART SCHEME

A guide and frequently asked questions for external partner organisations who wish to apply for a Kickstart placement through North Yorkshire County Council.

What is the Kickstart Scheme?

The Kickstart Scheme is a Government funded initiative announced by the Chancellor on 8 July 2020 as part of the government paper ‘Plan for Jobs’, with a £2 million investment in response to the impact of Covid-19. It aims to provide high quality, paid six-month work placements for young people aged 16 to 24, to help them develop skills and work experience to move into sustained employment after their funded placement. The scheme provides access to a pool of young people ready for an opportunity, with the support of their Jobcentre Plus Work Coach, who enrols them onto the scheme. Full details about the Kickstart Scheme is available here.

Employers who wish to offer a placement will receive funding to cover the young person’s wages, equivalent to the National Minimum Wage applicable for their age, for 25 hours per week for the six-month period, inclusive of associated National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. If an employer wishes to pay a higher hourly rate, or increase the hours per week, they can do so at their own cost. In addition, the employer will also receive a one-off grant of £1,500* for each placement successfully filled by an eligible young person.

Any type of employer can provide the placements, from small businesses, charities and larger employers. It is a nationwide scheme.

National application process

Whilst the national scheme requires employers to be able to provide a minimum of 30 placements, NYCC is able to achieve this and the great news is that your organisation can apply for a Kickstart placement via NYCC as an intermediary organisation. The intermediary organisation will make the overall application to the Department of Work and Pensions and coordinate it on behalf of smaller organisations, taking the administrative burden on your behalf.

North Yorkshire County Council will be acting as an intermediary organisation and is seeking North Yorkshire based employers who wish to make an application. Full details of how to apply locally to NYCC as an intermediary are detailed below. In order to submit your organisation in our next application (due to be submitted late Jan/February 2021 and possibly on-going after this) we will require your expression interest form (below) completed and returned to us by Sunday 31st January 2021.  We will also require your organisation to submit a Job Description and we will send a template once we receive your expression of interest

Eligibility criteria

The scheme is aimed at young people 16 to 24 years of age who are at risk of long-term unemployment and claiming Universal Credit.

The job placements created with Kickstart funding must be new jobs that are supernumerary.

The Kickstart roles / placements must be:

  • a minimum of 25 hours per week;
  • for six months duration, paid at least the National Minimum Wage for their age group; and
  • should not require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement.

They must not: replace existing or planned vacancies, cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment.

All roles must include help for the participants to develop their skills and experience with support to look for long-term work, support with CV and interview preparation and training to develop their skills, such as teamwork, organisation and communications. As the intermediary, North Yorkshire County Council will be providing all participating organisations applying via us with a robust Wraparound Support and Employability Skills Offer so that your organisation does not have to provide this element, though you may wish to provide additional support if you wish.

The North Yorkshire County Council team co-ordinating Kickstart are a specialist Resourcing, Recruitment and Careers Team and they know the North Yorkshire labour market well, the team are confident that they can offer an effective wraparound programme.

It is acceptable to fill the same placement twice, after the first ‘kickstarter’ has completed, subject to this being included and approved following submission of your expression of interest form.  

Young people’s application to placements

Once North Yorkshire County Council’s application is accepted, placement opportunities will be sent to the local Jobcentre where a Work Coach will select a number of suitable young people who are at risk of long-term unemployment and ready for work. Employers will interview and select a suitable candidate(s). Further guidance is being awaited on the application process.

Funding process

Our understanding is that the intermediary organisation (North Yorkshire County Council in this case), manages the funding centrally and distributes it out to the participating organisations who successfully fill placements. Within a couple of weeks of a young person starting the placement the participating organisation with receive the £1,500* grant upfront for setup costs, support and training. The young person’s wages will be paid retrospectively we understand this is paid in instalments after three months (paid in month four) and after six months (paid in month seven).

Your organisation must therefore have the funds to pay the young person in advance of receiving the salary funding.

Wraparound support and employability skills offer

An essential element of all Kickstart Placements is the inclusion of Employability Skills and Job Search to support the participant to enhance their opportunity of gaining sustainable employment after Kickstart.  North Yorkshire County Council are developing a robust wraparound support and employability skills package. This will include;

  • Live webinars focusing on career planning, developing winning CVs / applications and interview skills and;
  • Access to a suite of online learning modules including communication and presentation skills, timekeeping and employability skills.

To provide a high quality and consistent approach we want all our partner organisations to commit to provide their young people with access to our offer. *In return for preparing and delivering this package on your behalf, we will retain £300 of the £1,500 grant, therefore your organisation will receive a total grant of £1,200 when the young person starts the placement, in return for the wraparound support and employability skills offer.

When your young person starts, we will provide your organisation with relevant details of how to access this support including login details and any dates where applicable. They will require access to an email address and either a smartphone mobile, tablet or laptop.

If your organisation wishes to provide employability / job search support in addition to this that is fine and we would encourage you to support the young people in their active search for jobs as they approach the end of the Kickstart placement.

The intermediary has to apply prior to placements being available, North Yorkshire County Council intends to apply in October and we are advised the application process can take approximately four weeks.

If successful, we anticipate placements made via us will be available from February 2021.

Your organisation may want to defer your placement start date until the Spring 2021, which you can indicate your preference on our expression of interest form where applicable.

A young person may not be matched / apply for your placement for a few months; the number of young people claiming Universal Credit is expected to continue to increase so this increases likelihood of young people being matched to your placement as time progresses into 2021.

Six month Kickstart placements can be available, from February 2021, (subject to approval) with young people able to apply for them up to, and including December 2021, with completion of these placements in summer 2022.

Frequently asked questions

The funding for the salary will be for a maximum of six months.

If you wish to continue employing the young person after the six-month period, you can do so but would need to do this at your own cost.

For each Kickstart job, the Government will cover the cost of 25 hours’ work a week at the National Minimum Wage.

Under 18s £4.55
18 to 20 year olds £6.45
21 to 24 year olds £8.20

Employers will also be able to top up that payment if they wish.

Department of Work and Pensions guidance states that the employer can conduct interviews and decide on a suitable candidate for their job placement.

An apprentice is employed and in receipt of wages and therefore would not be eligible.

For full eligibility criteria please visit; eligibility.

If a graduate meets Department of Work and Pensions eligibility criteria, for example is between the ages of 16 and 24 years and in receipt of Universal Credit.

For full eligibility criteria please visit; eligibility.

The Kickstart Scheme is a six-month job placement scheme. Employers are not expected to provide employment at the end of the scheme.

If employers wish to employ them at the end of the scheme, or have vacancies that the young person wishes to apply for, this is acceptable.

The Kickstart Scheme is a six-month job placement scheme. Employers are not expected to provide employment at the end of the scheme.

If employers wish to employ them at the end of the scheme, or have vacancies that the young person wishes to apply for, this is acceptable.

Employers are encouraged to address issues with the young person to see if they can support them to improve.

If issues do not improve, each young person will have a work coach from the Job Centre. Our understanding is that the employer / intermediary will have contact details for the work coach and can raise any concerns. The work coach can address such issues and warn young people that the placement may end if the issues continue.

The young person is an employee, so employers can apply relevant HR policies and procedures.

Employers are encouraged to address issues with the young person to see if they can support them to improve.

If issues do not improve, each young person will have a work coach from the Job Centre. Our understanding is that the employer / intermediary will have contact details for the work coach and can raise any concerns. The work coach can address such issues and warn young people that the placement may end if the issues continue.

The young person is an employee, so employers can apply relevant HR policies and procedures.

We are awaiting further details on this but our understanding is that each young person will have a work coach from the Job Centre.

Our understanding is that the employer / intermediary will have contact details for the work coach and can raise any concerns. The work coach can address such issues and warn young people that the placement may end if the issues continue.

The young person is an employee so employers can apply relevant HR policies and procedures.

Yes. Throughout the placement, the candidates are employees so the employer’s Human Resources policies would apply.

For successful applications, a completed expression of interest form will be required and the declarations signed and dated to confirm the agreement between North Yorkshire County Council and the employer.

If you have any further questions about the NYCC Kickstart Scheme please feel free to contact us by emailing kickstartnorthyorkshire@northyorks.gov.uk

Employer expression of interest form

To enable us to support your organisation to apply for a Kickstart placement please complete the following information. Our next application for Kickstart will be submitted in February so we would be grateful if you would return this by Sunday 31st January 2021 (midnight), as our application needs to include full details about your placement. You will also need to submit a Job Description for each different placement you wish to host, we will contact you to request this upon receipt of your form.

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We anticipate the first placements will be available from March / April but you may choose to make them available from Summer 2021. It is acceptable to fill the same placement twice after the first ‘kickstarter’ has completed.
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By submitting this form you are accepting that North Yorkshire County Council may require a signature from you at a later date.

By submitting this form, you are allowing North Yorkshire County Council to store your personal data in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

I am duly authorised by the above organisation to make the following declaration and I understand that if any part of this declaration is false, funding may be suspended or withdrawn. This could include seeking the recovery of any paid funding to the business under the programme.

The Kickstart placement(s) listed in this application:

  1. are not included in any other arrangement or application for Kickstart funding;
  2. are located in North Yorkshire;
  3. are new roles that will not displace or reduce employment of existing employees or contractors;
  4. are funded by the Kickstart Scheme grant and would not existing without this funding; and
  5. the business will employ the Kickstart participant(s) for not less than 25 hours per week for a six-month duration, which will be funded through the Kickstart Scheme Grant.

On behalf of the organisation I COMMIT:

  1. To providing the number of Kickstart Placements Specified in this application;
  2. To supporting the Kickstart Participant(s) to develop their skills and experience as outlined in the initial application; and
  3. To provide North Yorkshire County Council with a copy of the job description of the Job Placement(s) when requested in order for individuals to be matched and applications to be received.

I will inform North Yorkshire County Council:

  1. When I have offered an individual a Kickstart placement;
  2. If that individual leaves, is dismissed, or fails to attend the appropriate learning; and
  3. I will ensure all required information is supplied to North Yorkshire County Council including timesheets and details of Job Placement(s), as and when required.

I have read the above North Yorkshire County Council Kickstart Scheme guide and FAQs.

The North Yorkshire County Council takes data protection very seriously and it is important that you understand how the information we collect will be used and stored.

This Programme is funded by the Department of Work and Pensions. We are required to share information about your participation in the programme with them. We will use the information provided in this form or given to us while you are funded by this programme for the purposes of managing and monitoring the programme and providing reports to our decision-making bodies and Department of Work and Pensions. The information you have provided will be retained until we are provided with further information from Department of Work and Pensions on the outcome of our application at which point we expect to receive further information on their requirements for retentions periods, we will notify you when this is known.

By signing and submitting this form you are confirming:

  • That you acknowledge and agree to the use of the personal data in this form being used and shared as set out in the Data Protection section above;
  • That all of the details completed in this application are accurate and correct to the best of your knowledge;
  • That you agree to North Yorkshire County Council submitting the relevant details as part of an application to Department of Work and Pensions for Kickstart Scheme Funding; and
  • The organisation will comply with the employer commitments; and that you are an authorised signatory within the business with full power and authority to make this application and confirm the matters above.