Renfrewshire Council

Kickstart in Renfrewshire

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Kickstart in Renfrewshire

Kickstart is the UK Government scheme providing funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for 16 to 24-year-olds who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

Funding covers:

  • 100 per cent of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
  • The associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • Employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

There is also additional funding to support the young person to develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the placement.

In Renfrewshire

Kickstart is coming to Renfrewshire through a partnership between Renfrewshire Council's employability experts Invest in Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce and Engage Renfrewshire.

Pooling our experience, we will bid for placements on behalf of Renfrewshire businesses and charities and help with skills and training support throughout the six-month placement.

Rules of the roles

Roles should be a minimum of 25 hours a week for six months and pay at least the National Minimum Wage for the person's age group.

The roles shouldn't require people to undertake extensive training before they begin and they must be new jobs, not replacing an existing job or planned vacancy or cause an existing employee or contractor to lose or reduce their employment.

Each six-month placement would be provided from November 2020 onwards and finish by December 2021.

How do I apply for a placement?

If you are able to offer one or more job placements then please complete our Kickstart in Renfrewshire survey and we will be in touch to discuss the details.

If you are looking to offer 30 placements or more, you can apply directly to the UK Government.

What other business support is available?

Visit our Business Support Page for details of all available business support, including details of the Renfrewshire Coronavirus Business Support Fund providing Restart Loans, Resilience and Adaptation Grants.

I'm older than 24, what support is available for me?

Contact the Council's Invest in Renfrewshire team for tailored support in getting a job and preparing for work by calling 0300 300 1180 or email