Kickstart Scheme Reopens for Applications

With the Kickstart Scheme, a Moray charity can provide 30 new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long term unemployment, supporting them to develop the skills and experience they need to find work.

The funding would cover the following:

• 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week (based on their age at the end of the placement)

• the associated employer National Insurance contributions

• employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

• an additional £1,500 for the employer per job placement available for setup costs, support, and training

You can take on as many young people through the scheme as your charity can support. There will be no need to advertise the job placement as the Department for Work and Pensions will manage this and refer eligible young people direct to you and you will have the opportunity to interview them, and if successful, recruit them. The positions must not replace a current role or cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment.

Currently, only registered companies or charities are eligible to apply. You must have a Companies House number or Charity number.

Moray Chamber of Commerce is a gateway for Moray's employers for the scheme, and work directly with the government. You will sign into a partnership agreement with Moray Chamber of Commerce, who will be responsible for paying you the £1500 start-up fee and the employees’ wages. Payment of wages will be in arrears from DWP so you may need to take your organisation cash flow into consideration. In turn, you will ensure all necessary information/documentation has been filed with the Moray Chamber of Commerce.

If you are interested in taking on at least one young person or if you have any questions please get in touch with Sarah Medcraf,, who can send you the necessary paperwork for this stage.

The closing date is Friday 15th January 2021 at 5pm.

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