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The Governments new Kickstart scheme is open for applications.


Details are in this link and in the extracts below along with the relevant contacts:
“As part of the government’s Plan for Jobs, a new £2 billion Kickstart Scheme will create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country. The 6 month placements are open to those aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long term unemployment. They will be available across a range of different sectors in England, Scotland and Wales. The first placements are likely to be available from November. There will also be extra funding to support young people to build their experience and help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart funded job. Employers will receive funding for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum auto-enrolment pension contributions.”
It looks like the vast majority of applications will have to be made via the jobcentre employer partnership team noted below. There appears to be only one contact per area so if you want to take advantage of this scheme I suggest you need to make contact sooner rather than later.

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 fewer than 30 job placements
If your organisation is creating fewer than 30 job placements, you cannot apply directly. You must partner with other organisations in order to create a minimum of 30 job placements before applying.

Other organisations could include:
• similar employers
• local authorities
• trade bodies
• registered charities

Find out more about becoming a representative for a group of employers.
You can contact your local Jobcentre Employer Partnership team for help getting a representative.

Local Partnership Team contacts below:

England


West Midlands
NameEmailResponsibilities
Taj Singhwestmidlands.groupemployer-partnershipteam@dwp.gov.ukGroup Partnership Manager responsible for employment programmes, jobseeker initiatives and benefit related matters

East and Central Midlands
NameEmailResponsibilities
Karen Manuelnemidlands.employerandpartnershipteam@dwp.gov.ukGroup Partnership Manager responsible for employment programmes, jobseeker initiatives and benefit related matters

London and Essex
NameEmailResponsibilities
Corinne Gregorycorinne.gregory@dwp.gov.ukGroup Partnership Development Manager responsible for benefit related matters
Dave Keoghdave.keogh@dwp.gov.ukGroup Partnership Manager responsible for employment programmes and jobseeker initiatives

North Central (includes West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Cumbria and Lancashire)
NameEmailResponsibilities
Sharon Ridingsharon.riding@dwp.gov.ukGroup Partnership Manager responsible for employment programmes, jobseeker initiatives and benefit related matters

North East (includes North Yorkshire, East Yorkshire, Humberside and North Lincolnshire)
NameEmailResponsibilities
Phil Adamsnortheastgroup.partnershipsteam@dwp.gov.ukGroup Partnership Manager responsible for employment programmes, jobseeker initiatives and benefit related matters

North West (includes Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire)
NameEmailResponsibilities
Caireen Hammettcaireen.hammett@dwp.gov.ukGroup Partnership Manager responsible for employment programmes, jobseeker initiatives

South West
NameEmailResponsibilities
Simon Grattonsimon.gratton@dwp.gov.ukGroup Partnership Manager responsible for employment programmes, jobseeker initiatives and benefit related matters

South East
NameEmailResponsibilities
James Snellingjames.snelling@dwp.gov.ukGroup Partnership Manager responsible for employment programmes, jobseeker initiatives and benefit related matters

Scotland
NameEmailResponsibilities
Elaine Bettleyelaine.bettley@dwp.gov.ukGroup Partnership Manager responsible for employment programmes, jobseeker initiatives
Louise Cooklouise.cook1@dwp.gov.ukGroup Partnership Manager responsible for benefit related matters

Wales
NameEmailResponsibilities
Debbie Hawkesdebbie.hawkes@dwp.gov.ukGroup Partnership Manager responsible for employment programmes, jobseeker initiatives and benefit related matters