March 10, 2021



The Kickstart Scheme has a £2 billion fund to create thousands of high quality six month job placements
for unemployed young people aged between 16 and 24.  It was launched on 8th July after the
Chancellor announced the Kickstart Scheme as part of the Plan for Jobs. Funding available for each job
placement covers the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours per week, plus the associated
employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.
There is also funding available to support young people to develop new skills and help them move into
sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart funded placement.

The Kickstart Scheme job placement must:
• be 6 months
• be at least 25 hours per week
• pay at least the National Minimum Wage through PAYE
• pay the statutory employer duties for the health, safety and welfare for young people, National
Insurance and pension contributions
• include support for young people to help them get work after they finish their Kickstart Scheme job
• be a new job that does not replace existing or planned vacancies
• not cause existing employees, apprentices or contractors to lose or reduce their employment

The Kickstart Scheme job should help them get basic work skills, which includes:
• Core Skills
• Teamwork & Collaboration
• Decision-making skills
Kickstart participants may also need help with:
• CV writing
• Interviews skills
• Hunting for jobs

You will receive:
• Payment of 25 hours per week on National Minimum Wage
• £1,500 to provide training and support when each young person starts the job placement.

However please note, it is incumbent on the Gateway provider (Breathing Space HR) to monitor and ensure
the required training and support is delivered. If the training and support offered by the company
does not meet the requirements set out, Gateway providers are instructed to inform the DWP and
where necessary recover the training grant from the employer (this can be from DWP payments to
due to the employer).

• Our recommendation to take up the Kickstart Mentoring training and support programme from
Breathing Space HR Ltd (details below) to ensure compliance.

As a Government registered Kickstart Gateway, Breathing Space HR will:
• Gathering relevant information from Employers about the Kickstart Scheme jobs they provide.
• Passing on to the Employers the relevant payments within a maximum of five (5) Working Days of
receiving payment from DWP
• Ensuring funding payments claimed by Employers are valid and properly incurred and recovering
any amounts wrongly paid.
• Share our expertise with employers to help onboard and offer employability support to young
people employed through the Kickstart Scheme with our Training and Development Support
Package at an agreed additional cost (see below)
• Provide help directly to young people employed through the Kickstart Scheme with developing the
skills and experience to find work after completing the Scheme.

Breathing Space Training and Development Support Package
As an established HR company, the Breathing Space team have developed an enhanced Training and
Development Support Package for businesses taking part in the Kickstart apprenticeship scheme.

The Breathing Space HR Kickstart support package includes a ‘Kickstart Mentor’ to deliver monthly face
to face mentoring and online DevelopMe training assignments and covers the training and development
requirements for each job placement at a cost of £750 per Kickstart employee.

In addition, Breathing Space will also offer:
Free design of Contract of Employment
• Interview support for hiring your Kickstarter
• Free employment law advice regarding kickstart employee
This package will deliver peace of mind for many businesses to ensure they are providing the required
training and development support for the Kickstart apprentices as well as supporting managers with any
difficulties or issues occurring during the six-month period.

Breathing Space HR Kickstart Scheme Training & Development Support Package
Two key development areas required under the Kickstart Scheme
“Getting on at Work”
• Core Skills
• Teamwork & Collaboration
• Decision-Making Skills
“Job Search Skills”
• CV writing
• Interview skills
• Hunting for jobs

Breathing Space “Kickstart Mentor”
The role of the Kickstart Mentor is to ensure that the employee is getting the support required and
carrying out the kickstart development activities to a good standard.
They are there to support the manager with any difficulties or issues occurring during the six-month
The Kickstart Mentor will also review online training sessions, ensuring that there is understanding of
learning points and actions relating to the development areas are completed.

Development Plan Structure : Monthly Activity

1  Set up personal development plan with Manager and Kickstart Mentor
121 with Kickstart Mentor & Core Skills DevelopME online training:
Learning outcomes:
1. Understanding the importance of communication
2. Learning how to improve time-keeping
3. Exploring different ways to make decisions
4. Exploring how to display key skills
5. Understanding the importance of brand reputation

2. 121 with Kickstart Mentor & Teamwork & Collaboration DevelopME online training:
Learning outcomes:
1. Understanding how teams work
2. Demonstrating the most useful skills
3. Appreciating how you fit in a team
4. Knowing how teams succeed
5. Appreciating the tools, techniques & environments that improve collaboration

3 121 with Kickstart Mentor & Decision-making Skills DevelopME online training:
Learning outcomes:
1. Understanding the decision-making process
2. Being able to pinpoint what needs to be decided
3. Learning how to set criteria
4. Generating and evaluating decision options
5. Determining if a decision is ‘right’

4 121 with Kickstart Mentor & CVs DevelopME online training:
Learning outcomes:
1. Understanding what needs to be consider before you start writing your CV
2. Being able to pinpoint the key critera for a good CV
3. Learning how to structure your CV
4. Determining the correct structure for your CV
5. Learning how to make your CV stand out

5 121 with Kickstart Mentor & Interviewing DevelopME online training:
Learning outcomes:
1. Understanding the basic interview principles
2. Being able to pinpoint what sort of interview you need to prepare for
3. Learning how to answer awkward and illegal questions
4. Exploring how to display key skills

6 121 with Kickstart Mentor & Hunting for Jobs DevelopME online training:
Learning outcomes:
1. Understanding the best place to start
2. Being able to make the most of your search
3. Advice on the most effective techniques and strategies
4. Tips on networking and building your personal brand

Cost per Kickstart Employee: £750 plus VAT

For our vacancy template and Job person spec form and support with your application email contact us



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