What is the Kickstart Scheme?

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new jobs for 16-24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment.

Employers of all sizes can apply for Kickstart Scheme funding which covers:

  • 100% of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months
  • associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • any relevant workplace pension contributions (automatic enrolment).

The Together For Sheffield Kickstart Gateway and training:

The government requires all Kickstart employers to provide employability training to their Kickstart employees.

When you work with Together for Sheffield to recruit your Kickstarter, we provide off-site employability training that brings Kickstarters together from across the city to connect and grow. This leaves you free to focus on how your Kickstarter can benefit your organisation.

Our training includes:

  • Up to 12 full-day training sessions running fortnightly over the 6-month placement period, delivered in partnership with Rebuild a Generation and Grow
  • Training covering a broad range of employment skills, including CV and interview skills, confidence, and leadership
  • Regular meetings with a personal mentor for additional careers support
  • The opportunity to hear stories from working professionals across Sheffield.

In addition to paying the full salary of each Kickstarter, the government provides £1,500 per Kickstarter to cover any training needs. We split this equally with you to ensure that all of your own onboarding costs are covered, while also enabling us to continue to offer highly effective employability training.

Applicants welcome from all faiths and none: Together for Sheffield is a charity whose ethos is inspired by the life and works of Jesus of Nazareth, working for the wellbeing of everyone in Sheffield.

Kickstart Celebration

Josh Cutting – one of the lead trainers for Together for Sheffield’s Kickstart programme – introduces the Kickstart scheme and shares some of the highlights from the first group of participants.

On Wednesday 29 September we celebrated the achievements of the first group of Kickstarters to have completed their training with us. Hosted by Blend Kitchen and sponsored by Good With Devices, Together for Sheffield brought together the Kickstarters, their trainers, employers and mentors, the DWP, and MP Miriam Cates, to celebrate what can be achieved when we all work together.