Skills and Support
Skills and Support
Your Gateway to Kickstart
A full service solution to provide SME's access to Kickstart
The disruption caused by the COVID Pandemic has had a negative impact on many businesses and individuals. The Government’s Kickstart scheme aims to stimulate economic recovery by supporting businesses to provide 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.
As a Gateway provider, we can help you with defining and compiling all the relevant information for successful application to the Kickstart scheme. Companies applying to the scheme will need to offer a minimum of 30 vacancies, but not all SME’s will be able to provide this. Recognising the vital role SME's play in economic recovery, SME’s are allowed to be part of a group of employers brought together by an approved Gateway.
For more than 25 years, we have been working with the Government to provide products and services helping job seekers and employers with employment and training. Twin has a proven track record of company networking and placement solutions for employers and young people to create the perfect partnership and an effective employment solution making us the ideal Gateway provider for the Kickstart scheme.
Small employers may find it difficult to navigate all the criteria of government schemes. We provide small businesses with support to access the Kickstart scheme – helping businesses, the economy and the workforce grow.
We not only help with the paperwork but can help you with recruitment and interview support, saving you time, while making the process simple. With the havoc caused by this pandemic – everyone needs a helping hand.
As an SME ourselves, we understand how important it is to find the right candidate to support your business.
Under the terms of the scheme, all candidates will be provided through JCPs and we offer a full job brokerage service:
Many Chambers of Commerce will offer to be a Gateway provider to bring together 30 compliant applications but are unlikely to offer this service, so you would need to work with the JCP yourself.
We will work with you to do this in the way that’s best for your organisation – you may hope for them to be prepared to be a great future contributor to your business or just see it as a 6-month placement. Either way, Twin can arrange and deliver initial training, to meet the needs of your organisation and placement and satisfy the DWP requirements.
Some Gateway providers will not offer this additional support, but the reason we can is that we’ve been doing this kind of thing for 25 years.
Under the condition of the scheme, for those taking on less than 30 people, that is a job for the Gateway provider to administer via the DWP. The details of that have yet to be provided by DWP but it makes sense to consider, as your Gateway provider, an organisation with experience in such matters. Our relationship with DWP has developed over the last 25 years and we have worked on a number of contracts, we are also a prime contractor and have recently been awarded a place on a DWP contracting framework for the next 5 years.
The Government will assess all Kickstart funding applications for approval, with our extensive experience in this application process, we work with you to make sure the kickstart will meet your needs and satisfy DWP requirements, meets JCP needs, and generates candidates for you to consider
There would be no cash outlay from your business – we would include these services as part of the claim for £1500 setup costs for the placement. Our charge would be £495 – we could advise you on options for spending the remainder, including extra training.
Applying is as easy as completing the contact form to register your interest. A member of our team will be in touch to discuss your opportunities.