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. 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:
The Kickstart Scheme job should help the participant acquire basic work skills including:
Kickstart participants may also need help with:
Breathing Space HR is a Government registered Kickstart Gateway. Our Kickstart Mentoring training and support programme (details below) has been developed to ensure your company satisfies all compliance criteria for the scheme.
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 due to the employer).
As a Government registered Kickstart Gateway, Breathing Space HR will:
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.
In addition, Breathing Space will also offer:
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.
Two key development areas required under the Kickstart Scheme are:
“Getting on at Work”
“Job Search Skills”
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 period. 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.
What is covered in the training and devlopment plan?
Below is a month-by-month summary of activities supported by the Breathing Space Mentor.
1 Set up personal development plan with Manager and Kickstart Mentor 121 with Kickstart Mentor & Core Skills DevelopME online training.
2. 121 with Kickstart Mentor & Teamwork & Collaboration DevelopME online training.
3 121 with Kickstart Mentor & Decision-making Skills DevelopME online training.
4 121 with Kickstart Mentor & CVs DevelopME online training.
5 121 with Kickstart Mentor & Interviewing DevelopME online training.
6 121 with Kickstart Mentor & Hunting for Jobs DevelopME online training.
Cost per Kickstart Employee is £750 plus VAT (covered by the Kickstart Scheme + an additional £750 available to your business for internal training support).
For our vacancy template, Job person spec form and support with your application email Kickstart@breathingspacehr.co.uk