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Kickstart Scheme

Employer funding available

Activate Learning wants to help local employers access the £2 billion Kickstart Scheme and give young people out of work a chance to get back into employment.

The Kickstart Scheme will provide £2billion of funding for employers across Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Surrey, to access to fund new roles for people aged between 16 and 24, who are currently on Universal Credit or at risk of long-term unemployment. The Government will fund 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions, and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

Why Activate Learning?

As an employer taking on new staff as part of the Kickstart Scheme, there will be an expectation that you will provide training and support to those employees you are recruiting under this initiative.

Which is where working with Activate Learning as your Gateway Organisation is an advantage.

As a Further Education (FE) group and supplier of employability training to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), we are able to deliver specialist coaching and training support to those you take on as work placements on your behalf.

We will also ensure all placements are of high quality, effective and the right fit for your business. Our Kickstart project team will work closely with your organisation to monitor the candidates and ensure you are reaping the full benefits of your placements. 

The Kickstart Programme – benefitting your business

The programme has been designed to help young people back into working environment which delivers key benefits to your business;

  • Reduction in recruitment costs
  • Train and retain talent
  • Increased productivity from staff who are hungry to learn and are motivated to get back into the world of work.
  • Staff to meet your business needs
  • Full funding available including 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, the associated employer National Insurance contributions, and up to £1500 payment to you per learner (agreed with the Gateway Organisation) at the start of the scheme to help with setup costs, support and training.

How to apply

Don’t delay get in contact with us today. Email us now or call us on 0800 488 0245 to Kickstart your business.