**Department for Work and Pensions criteria is that Sole Traders and Partnership Organisations should apply to the Kickstart Scheme through a Gateway Plus organisation. For more information on finding a Gateway Plus organisation, click here.**
The Department for Work and Pensions has launched the £2 billion Kickstart Scheme to help put young people at the heart of the economic recovery. The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create six month paid work placements for young people aged 16-24 years on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment.
Employers can apply for funding which covers:
Funding is available for businesses of all sizes and across all sectors, including the private, public and voluntary and community sectors.
The last day for employers to apply is now 17th December 2021, with final start date for young people extended to 31st March 2022.
For full details of the Kickstart Scheme please click here.
To help Tees Valley SME’s access this support and create jobs, Tees Valley Combined Authority is acting as a Gateway for businesses who would like to offer less than 30 Job Placements.
On 1st February the criteria changed to allow businesses to apply directly to DWP regardless of the number of Job Placements on offer. Prior to 1st February all businesses that wished to offer 30 or less Job Placements through the scheme were required to do so via an approved Gateway organisation, for more information click here. Regardless of the change in criteria, Tees Valley Combined Authority is still acting as a Gateway for Tees Valley businesses should they wish to access the Kickstart Scheme through a Gateway organisation.
Tees Valley Combined Authority will also provide extended wrap around support for the young person to access support to ensure a positive progression once the Kickstart Job placement ends. The total for this will be £500 which will be deducted from the initial £1,500 for set-up and employability support costs provided by DWP. Businesses wishing to offer this support themselves should apply directly to DWP.
For further information, guidance and frequently asked questions, click here.
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