Kickstart is part of the UK Government's Plan for Jobs tackling some of the impact of COVID-19 and aims to create thousands of new, fully funded positions across England, Scotland and Wales. The first placements are likely to be available from November 2020 and the scheme will run for 18 months.

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for 16 – 24 year olds who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

Funding will cover for each job placement:

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

Bidding for Kickstart places is a national process which is being routed through the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP). Any organisation can bid for places but applications must be for a minimum of 30 job placements and there is no upper limit.

However, across Forth Valley, as a result of our engagement with employers, local authorities recognise that setting a minimum of 30 placements through the bidding process excludes many small to medium business enterprises (SME’s).

Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire Councils have agreed to adopt a regional approach to bidding for placements acting as a consortium and business intermediary so SME’s can take advantage of the opportunities presented through the Kickstart scheme.

How to apply

Please complete the form below and email the completed copy to the relevant local authority.

The deadline for applications is Monday 16 October 2020

Kickstart Business Guidance and application form

If you have any questions or queries or are interested in requesting an application template please get in touch.

As a local authority consortium and Kickstart intermediary, we will endeavour to secure as many places as possible for local employers. However, submission of the application template is not a guarantee that a placement will be funded. We will work closely with applicants and aim to keep you fully informed as the process develops.