Kickstart Scheme – New Directions College is the local gateway provider

Article date
16 October 2020
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

New Directions College, part of Reading Borough Council, in partnership with Reading UK CIC, are acting as a Gateway Provider for the Kickstart Scheme. If you are an employer looking to offer a job placement through the Kickstart Scheme, you can register your interest here. Charities can also apply.

As a Gateway provider, New Directions will need to have a collective total of 30 job placements secured in the local area. If you have applied as an employer through the above link, they will notify you when this collective target has been met and when they are in the process of then applying for funding on your behalf.

It is anticipated that the first grants for the Kickstart Scheme will be made available from November 2020. Young people can find out more about the Kickstart Scheme at the job help site.

Information for Employers

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

This is part of the government’s Plan for Jobs and aims to create hundreds and thousands of new, fully funded jobs across England, Scotland and Wales. The first placements are likely to be available from November 2020.

How the scheme works

You can use the Kickstart Scheme to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

The job placements should support the participants to develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the scheme. New Directions College can work with you to offer training and support for all of your placements.

What funding is available

Funding is available for:

  • 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week.
  • associated employer National Insurance contributions.
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

Payments will be made in month 4 and 7. There is also £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.

The job placements created with Kickstart funding must be new jobs

They must not:

  • replace existing or planned vacancies
  • cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment.
The roles you are applying for must be:
  • a minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months
  • paid at least the National Minimum Wage for their age group
  • should not require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement.
Each application should include how you will help the participants to develop their skills and experience, including:
  • support to look for long-term work, including career advice and setting goals
  • support with CV and interview preparations
  • supporting the participant with basic skills, such as attendance, timekeeping and teamwork.
Support from New Directions

New Directions College can support you with this and make sure that all young people participating in Kickstart job placements are supported to be ready for the job, to learn on the job and make progress at the end. We will contact you to discuss this further, once the grant application has been submitted. Once a job placement is created, it can be taken up by a second person once the first successful applicant has completed their 6-month term.

Support from Reading Voluntary Action

If your charity would like support with setting up appropriate employment contracts, policies or procedures, or you are employing for the first time, please get in touch with Herjeet by emailing or calling 07845 327943.

You can also advertise your positions through the RVA jobs page and news here.

If you’re creating MORE than 30 job placements…

If your organisation is creating more than 30 job placements as part of the Kickstart Scheme, you can submit your application directly. Start your application.

If you’re creating LESS than 30 job placements…

As a Gateway Provider, New Directions College, part of Reading Borough Council, can submit an application on your behalf. Please complete this online from to begin the process.

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