Movement To Work Recommendations

Movement to Work expect a high level of care and support from all employers offering young people a Kickstart placement and therefore anticipate employers helping participants develop their skills and experience, over and above DWP expectations, through:

  • Quality induction and orientation training
  • Ongoing progress and status checks/meetings
  • Regular mentoring
  • Monitoring and support of mental wellbeing

Remember, the Kickstart programme provides a £1,500 setup grant per placement to help you offer this support. You should therefore consider:

  • Provisioning IT kit, uniforms and any other items required for the person to work effectively and safely
  • Putting some of this grant towards general support for Kickstart participants in finding work and succeeding at work.
  • Keeping some of the grant available to support participants in overcoming any specific barriers that they face (e.g. mental health, disability, English and maths skills etc.)
DWP Criteria

All Kickstart job placements created must be new jobs. They must not:

  • Displace anyone else in the labour market through replacement of existing or planned vacancies
  • Cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their working hours

All Kickstart job placements must be:

  • A minimum of 25 hours per week (employers can top-up)
  • For a period of 6 months
  • Paid at least the national minimum wage for their age (employers can top-up)
  • Accessible – i.e. should not require extensive training before the job placement begins

Employers are expected to submit, alongside their application, details of how they will help participants develop their skills and experience through:

  • Support to look for long-term work
  • Career advice and goal setting
  • Support with CV writing and interview preparations
  • Basic employability skills training such as attendance, timekeeping and teamwork.
30 Jobs +

If your organisation is creating more than 30 job placements between now and December 2021 as part of the Kickstart Scheme, you can submit your application directly.

  • If you are an employer seeking to create 30+ placements, you can still speak to a member of the team about how to make a strong application. Please fill in your details using the form below, and a member of the team will be in touch with you as soon as we can. Click here to get started!
  • You can find out more about applying directly via the Government website HERE
Fewer Than 30 Jobs

If your organisation is creating fewer than 30 job placements between now and December 2021, a Kickstart Gateway organisation can act on your behalf and manage the application process for you. The Gateway will receive a £300 per placement government payment to cover their administrative costs.

Finding The Right Gateway

Choosing to partner with the correct Gateway for your organisation is crucial and Movement to Work advise the following:

  • Interview the Gateway organisation to understand their track record of working with young people, working with employers, and financial management before you agree to fund their support
  • Utilise a portion of the grant to help manage specific barriers to employment such as English and Maths skills etc.
  • Understand whether your choice of Gateway will take a portion of the £1,500 setup grant and what you can expect in return

What happens to my £1,500 setup payment?

Should a Gateway indicate they will retain a portion of the £1,500 per placement setup grant, Movement to Work recommend fully understanding the services being offered in exchange.

Employers could expect to receive employability training for their placements, mentoring support, skills training e.g. Interview and CV writing support, and other additional health and wellbeing support.

Remember, the setup grant is for you, as an employer, to support the young person into role.

You can speak to a member of the Movement to Work team about how to find the right Gateway. Please fill in your details using the form below, and a member of the team will be in touch with you as soon as we can. Click here to get started!