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Kickstart Employment – Expression of Interest

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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.

Funding is available for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. There is also £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.

Funding is available following a successful application process. If you are unable to offer this many job placements, you can partner with other organisations via Somerset Chamber of Commerce to reach the minimum number.

You do not need to be a member of Somerset Chamber of Commerce to apply via the Chamber.

Simply complete the following form and we will submit your application when we have registered 30 vacancies. Please note that if your business is not based in Somerset, we would advise you to contact your local representative body.

The Department of Work and Pensions are currently indicating that a business must have a company registration number in order to qualify for the Kickstart Scheme.

If you need further details have a look at our handy FAQ guide or visit the Government’s Kickstart Scheme page here. To find a local Chamber member who can provide training, have a look at our list of Kickstart training providers here.

Taking someone on? We need the details of your new starter so we can make payments to you. Just fill out this quick form.

Or register your interest if you’d like to take part in the scheme. 

Kickstart Employer - Expression of interest

Kickstart Employer - Expression of interest
  • Important information to read

    • 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, paying at least the National Minimum Wage for their age group and should require only basic 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.
    • 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.
    • Completion of this form is an Expression Of Interest (EOI), not an application to the Kickstart scheme. Once Somerset Chamber of Commerce have over 30 EOI's we will contact you to clarify any further details required by the scheme.
    • You consent for your data to be held and used by Somerset Chamber of Commerce in relation to the Kickstart scheme. Further details of our privacy policy can be found here.



Chamber Contact

For more info please contact:

Jenn Chidley-Sanders

Member Engagement and Policy Manager

Tel: 01823 444924

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