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How can the Kickstart Scheme help you find work?

If you are a business based in Coventry, you can register your interest via the following Gateways below:

Coventry City Council - Tel: 024 7697 7073 / email: Coventrykickstart@coventry.gov.uk

Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce Group - Tel: 02476 654321 / email: samanthab@cw-chamber.co.uk

We’re proud to support Kickstart!

The West Midlands Combined Authority is proud to be supporting the Kickstart Scheme, which will see thousands of young people gain valuable skills and experience to help them get back into work. We are calling on businesses across the West Midlands to boost their workforce by taking on a young person.

The Kickstart Scheme Explained

The new £2 billion Kickstart Scheme will create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country. Employers will create 6-month placements that will be open to those aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit. The Scheme is now open and will run until at least December 2021.

Placements are fully subsidised by the Government, and there is also 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. Specifically, 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.

The scheme is open to any employer in any industry. The placements must be new roles which have been created especially for the scheme, and must not take work away from existing (or planned) employees or contractors.

Why Should Employers Get Involved?

Now, more than ever, it’s crucial that we help and support young people who have been disproportionally impacted by COVID. The Kickstart scheme is a fantastic way for local businesses to help and support a young person on their journey into work, giving them real on-the-job experience, a route into long-term employment, and get our economy back on track as we come out the other side of these difficult times. The Scheme also supports businesses by helping you add to your workforce, at no cost, for 6 months.

How to get involved as a Young Person

If you are a Young Person and you are looking for a Kickstart placement, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Be aged 16 – 24 years old
  • Currently be claiming Universal Credit
  • Have been long-term unemployed or at risk of becoming long-term unemployed

Does this sound like you?

If so, get in touch with your local Job Centre Plus and they’ll be able to help you on your Kickstart journey.

Need more help? If you'd like more information about the scheme, please email kickstart@wmca.org.uk, and someone in our team will get in touch! Further information about the scheme can also be found on the Government’s website.


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