Diversify are representatives for the Kickstart Scheme. Sign up with us and a local school will benefit from a free inclusion workshop.

6th October 2020

Would your business benefit from having £1500 additional cash? Do you need staff? Yes? Kickstart your workforce through the new ‘Kickstart Scheme’ For every new starter sign up with Diversify they will deliver an inclusion workshop free to a school.

Diversify are a non-profit who believe in offering meaningful, ethical, and moral work opportunities. Diversify is a recognised Representative in coordinating business responses. Simply email kickstart@diversifynow.co.uk and a member of their team will be in touch right away. 

What is the Kickstart scheme?  

The Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high-quality 6-month work placements for young people aged 16-24, who are claiming Universal Credit. 

Businesses of all sizes looking to invest in young people can apply to create new 6-month job placements for those who are on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. 

The job placements should support the participants to develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the scheme.

So how does it work? 

The Government will fund 100 of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. In addition, businesses taking on a Kickstart candidate will receive £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training. 

What is the cost to me?

Age group  National Minimum Wage  Hours  Monthly cost 
16-18              £4.15 per hour                25           £455
18-20              £6.45 per hour              25           £645
21-24              £8.20 per hour              25           £820

But remember the DWP will pay the wages back - this will be paid directly to you at month 4 and 7.  

How funding is paid: 

• You will receive initial setup costs when you have confirmed the young person has started work, is enrolled on your payroll and is due to be paid through PAYE.  This is a £1500 payment. 
• The Department for Work and Pensions will use information from HMRC to check that the candidate is still employed, and will pay you the grant in arrears –You as the employer will pay the wages and it will be paid back at month 4 and 7. 
• The Department for Work and Pensions may contact you or employee during the job placement to check what employability support has been offered. This is to make sure the candidate has the best experience from the scheme.

Every representative is paid £300 per sign up to the new Kickstart scheme by the government, unfortunately, some are even charging the employers to use the service. Diversify are not charging anything, they want to help as much as possible. As representatives Diversify are using their £300 from the government to help even further. They are using it to deliver our accredited workshops on inclusion, free of charge to schools.  

To kickstart your workforce and help create real social change sign up with Diversity today! Alternately if you know a school that would benefit from a free workshop please contact us: enquiries@diversifynow.co.uk

To register your interest, email on kickstart@diversifynow.co.uk and member of their team will get back to you right away.

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