Find out how your business can get involved with the Kickstart Gateway and how to apply

Employers in North Norfolk have made a magnificent response to join the Council’s Gateway for the new Kickstart Scheme. This scheme, managed by the DWP, provides funding for the creation of job opportunities for 16 to 24-year olds; the age group identified as most at risk of long-term unemployment as a result of the pandemic.

The Council has applied for 110 placements offered by 50 local employers and has made the decision, with regret, not to make any further applications this year. However, there are other Gateways in Norfolk who may be able to accept you.

What is the Kickstart scheme?

Businesses in the district can use the Kickstart Scheme to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. The placements provide an opportunity to gain work experience and develop the soft skills required in employment.

Please note that participants who are not currently claiming Universal Credit are ineligible.

Funding is available for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. Also, £1,500 per job placement will be available for setup costs, equipment, support and training.

Kickstart is a separate provision from apprenticeships. Young people who complete the placement could go on to an apprenticeship or other form of employment.

Who can apply?

The DWP have set criteria as follows:

  • The scheme is open to any organisation registered with Companies House or the Charity Commission, no matter what size. At this time the scheme is not open to sole traders.
  • There is a minimum requirement of 30 job placements for every application.
  • Local businesses unable to accommodate the minimum requirement can partner with registered Gateways.

The minimum requirements to apply for funding are:

  • job placements must be new jobs and must not be a replacement of existing vacancies or self-employed contractors; and
  • roles must be for up to 25 hours per week for six months, paying at least the relevant National Minimum Wage and should not require people to undertake extensive training before beginning.

Employers must commit to developing the skills and experience of each applicant, which should include supporting them:

  • to look for long-term work,
  • with CV and interview preparation; and
  • with basic skills such as attendance, timekeeping and teamwork.

North Norfolk District Council has set up an online training scheme to cover all of the employability skills required during the placement. Guidance will be provided about onboarding, mentoring and managing the placement to ensure a positive experience for everyone involved.

Once a job placement is created, it can be taken up by a second applicant after the first has completed their six-month period.

How to apply

We recognise that small businesses will not have the capacity to create 30 new jobs, so the Council decided to apply to be a Gateway to support local employers to take part in the scheme. To be included in that application, businesses can register by completing our expression of interest form

For further information, email kickstart@north-norfolk.gov.uk or call 01263 516331.