Get A Grant To Hire Young People For 6 Months...

We are an independent company that makes it Quick & Easy for Businesses to access and benefit from the Government's Kickstart Scheme.

Get Wages Funded For 6 Month Job Placements.

Plus A £1,500 Grant For Training & Setup Costs.

We provide the required Training & Support.

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What Is The Kickstart Scheme?

The Kickstart Scheme helps employers, by providing funding for them to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds, who are at risk of long term unemployment.


This Government will pay:

  • 100% of National Minimum Wage for 25 hours for a total of 6 months.
  • Associated employer NI contributions.
  • Employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.
  • Plus a  grant of £1,500 for setup and training costs.

Watch video above for more info.

Why Businesses Are Signing Up To The Kickstart Scheme

1000's of UK businesses have already signed up...

Succeed During COVID

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Help Others

Using the extra FREE staff to help them survive and grow.

To deal with tasks not they could not previously afford to hire someone to do.

Giving young people great work experience.

What The £1.5k Grant Is For

The Kickstart Scheme's goal is to improve the long term job prospects of young people.


You will therefore get an additional £1.5K grant per Kickstart Job, that must be spent on


  • Employability Training & Support for the Kickstarter.
  • Plus Job Setup Costs (e.g. Uniform, IT etc).


We help you meet your requirements, by providing the Employability Training & Support in addition to helping you apply.

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Who is

We are an independent Kickstart Training & Support company that makes it easy to access and benefit from the Kickstart Scheme.


We provide the required Employability Training and Support at NO COST TO YOU (i.e. paid for by the Gov. Grant); plus for FREE we help you complete and submit your application and support you through the process with DWP.

What You Get

At NO COST TO YOU

TRAINING & SUPPORT PACKAGE

Deducted From The £1.5K Kickstart Grant

All the Required Employability Training for your Kickstarters

  • Monthly Employability Virtual Workshops.
  • Monthly Knowhow Learning.
  • Reflections Assessments.
  • Career Planning.
  • Core Topics Include - attendance, time keeping, teamwork, communication, travelling to work, CV prep, interviews etc.

PLUS YOU WILL ALSO RECEIVE FOR FREE

Hassle Free Application Process - we will help you Complete & Submit your application.

Support With DWP Communications.

Support Filling Your Placements - inc help and support completing DWP's Job Vacancy Templates.

You will get a FAST Decision From DWP (14-20 Days*).

REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT

Paid When You Apply

£99

+VAT

Per Company

100% Guaranteed Refundable if Not Approved By DWP

& Contributes to the Training & Support Fee

TRAINING & SUPPORT FEE

Paid When Your Receive The £1.5K Grant

£549

+VAT

Per Filled Kickstart Job

Giving You Over £840 Remaining From The £1.5k Kickstart Grant

Why

?

NO COSTS - All From GOV.UK

Pay using the £1.5K Kickstart Training Grant.

Fast Decision From DWP

Apply online now and get an answer within 14 - 20 days.

Provides Required Training For Placement

Employability Training Modules.

Dedicated Account Support

To keep you updated & help you through the process.

Easy & Hassle Free

We help you through the process, so you can focus on your business.

How To Get Your Kickstarters

In 3 Easy Steps

1. Apply Online

2. Get Free Staff

3. Kickstart Training

We provide the required training for each Kickstarter.

Click 'Apply Now' and we will help you complete & submit.

We support you through recruitment process.

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Questions? Here are the answers.

What is the Kickstart Scheme?
The Kickstart Scheme is a new incentive from the government for 16 - 24 year olds who currently claim Universal Credit and are at serious risk of becoming unemployed long-term.

Under the scheme, the Government will cover 100 per cent of employment costs for 25 hours a week for up to 6 months.

This includes the employee's salary at the appropriate minimum wage for their age, as well as National Insurance and pension contributions.

Additionally, businesses will also receive £1,500 per placement to cover the cost of the placement and for any wrap-around support and training.

KickstartDirect makes it fast and easy for businesses to apply for the scheme, plus we provide the government required employability training.

Check Your Eligibility for the Kickstart Scheme.

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Is my business eligible for the Kickstart Scheme?
KickstartDirect enables businesses of all sizes to apply to the Kickstart Scheme, making it fast and easy. We will help you complete and submit your application, plus provide the required Employability Training for each Kickstarter; so that you can benefit from the scheme and still focus on your business.

Upon receiving your Application, the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) will base their decision on some of the below criteria.

Requirements
You must:
  • Be a Limited Company.
  • Have at least 1 Years Accounts filed with Companies House.

Preferred Criteria
Although failing one of the below, doesn’t mean you will be rejected by DWP, you are more likely to be approved if you:
  • Have existed for a while.
  • Regularly and recently submitted accounts.
  • Have a credit score which is a low risk category.
  • Have a low probability of imminent business failure.
  • Have enough liquid assets to pay your debts.
  • Do not have any recent county court judgments (CCJs).

Check Your Eligibility for the Kickstart Scheme.

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What type of Jobs can I offer for the Kickstart Scheme Placement?
Each job placement must last at least 6 months long, with a minimum of 25 hours per week and only require basic training.

The job placements created with Kickstart Scheme funding must be new jobs.

They must not:
  • Replace existing or planned vacancies.
  • Cause existing employees, apprentices or contractors to lose or reduce their employment.

KickstartDirect will also provide the required Employability Training for each Kickstarter.

Check Your Eligibility for the Kickstart Scheme.

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When & How will I get paid the Kickstart Funding?
DWP will pay the funding directly to you.

Setup & Training Grant - £1,500 per Job Placement

You will be paid a £1,500 grant per Kickstart Placement for for training and setup costs. DWP will pay this to you within 11 Days of notifying them that the placement has started. From each £1,500 grant you receive, you will pay KickstartDirect £549 / Kickstart Placement for the Training & Support package we provide.

Kickstart Placement Wages & Related Costs

Every 30 days, the DWP will use information from HMRC to check that the Kickstarter is being paid through Pay As You Earn (PAYE).

DWP will then send you the funding for the wages and related costs to cover the previous 30 days of employment. Based on their processing times, you will receive the funding up to 11 working days after this.

Please be aware that for the first Wage payment, it can take up to an additional 2 weeks for DWP to process the payment.

Check Your Eligibility for the Kickstart Scheme.

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What does KickstartDirect provide Employers?
KickstartDirect makes it quick and easy for businesses of any size to access the kickstart scheme and meet the necessary requirements to get funding.

We provide a Training & Support Package, which you pay from the £1,500 grant, so there are no costs coming from your pocket.

Our aim is to make it hassle free for you to get free staff member(s), so you can focus on your business.

What we provide:
  • We will help you complete your Kickstart Application
  • We will submit your Application to DWP Direct on your behalf.
  • Support with DWP Communications.
  • Support Filling Your Placements - inc help and support completing DWP's Job Vacancy Templates.
  • Provide the Required Employability Training.
  • You will get a FAST Decision From DWP (14-20 Days*).



Check Your Eligibility for the Kickstart Scheme.

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How much does KickstartDirect Charge?
In addition to staff wages, you will receive a £1,500 grant / Kickstart Placement to cover Setup & Training costs.

KickstartDirect charges a £99+VAT Refundable Deposit, which is 100% refundable if your Kickstart Application is rejected by DWP, plus it contributes towards the Training & Support Fee if you are approved.

Once approved and you receive the £1,500 Grant, you will pay the Training & Support Fee (£549+VAT per Kickstarter). This leaves you over £840 per Kickstarter to spend on additional setup costs, support and training.

Check Your Eligibility for the Kickstart Scheme.

Apply Now - we make the Kickstart application process quick and easy.
How To Apply To The Kickstart Scheme?
You can apply for the Kickstart Scheme via KickstartDirect.

Click here and enter your details.

We make the process simple, quick and easy.
Can I apply if I am a small business?
Because we provide the required Employability Training for each of your Kickstarters, one of the great things about KickstartDirect, is that we enable businesses of all sizes to be able to access and benefit from the Kickstart scheme.

Check Your Eligibility for the Kickstart Scheme.

Apply Now - we make the Kickstart application process quick and easy.
Can I employ a family member under the government Kickstart Scheme?
Kickstart Scheme applicants must be in receipt of Universal Credit and be referred by a Job Centre Plus Work Coach.
Can we recruit or refer people to Kickstart Scheme job placements?
Only young people on Universal Credit are eligible and must be referred by the Job Centre Plus Work Coach
How long will the Kickstart Scheme last? When will it accept applications until?
The government has said that the scheme will run at least until December 2021.

They have allocated £2bn in funding for the scheme.

The scheme is proving very popular with businesses, so we are currently unsure if the government will stop the scheme earlier than expected if it uses up the £2bn before December 2021.

Check Your Eligibility for the Kickstart Scheme.

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Is there a maximum number of Kickstarters I can hire?
Based on experience, we recommend in your first Kickstart Application, that you apply for no more than 1 Kickstarter for every 2 employees on PAYE. Once you have been approved by DWP, we can then help you apply for more.

When you apply through KickstartDirect, we will help you through the application process, including guiding you on maximum Kickstart Placements.

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Do I get to choose the Kickstart I employ or does the Job Centre just send me someone?
The Job Centre will send you candidate CV’s of candidates that meet your job description. From there you would run a normal interview process and select the candidate best suited to your business. KickstartDirect will also help you through the recruitment process with DWP.

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What happens if the Kickstart leaves my business, or we have to ask them to leave?
The Kickstart is an employee on a standard 6 month contract. If they don’t work out for whatever reason then you can terminate their contract as you would with any other employee.

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If they leave do I need to pay the Government Grant back?
Provided that the Kickstart has started with your business, you do not need to pay back any Grant money which has already been allocated / spent.

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Can I rehire someone else if my Kickstart leaves?
Yes, your grant will be for the job placement you have applied for, so you can rehire into the placement if someone leaves.

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Can I spend the £1,500 Set-up & Training Grant on the wider business?
No. The initial £1,500 grant must be spent on your setting up and training your Kickstart employee. The money can be spent on IT Equipment, Uniforms and Training and Development for your Kickstarter.

Check Your Eligibility for the Kickstart Scheme.

Apply Now - we make the Kickstart application process quick and easy.

KickstartDirect is a Kickstart Training & Support company that  provides the required Employability Training and Support at NO COST TO YOU (i.e. paid for by the Gov. Grant); plus for FREE we help you complete and submit your application and support you through the process with DWP.


*KickstartDirect can not guarantee the response timeline and the estimated time is based off experience and the guidelines given by DWP for businesses that apply Direct via the GOV.UK website.


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