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Ansbury Guidance is a gateway for the UK Government's £2bn Kickstart scheme and we're encouraging businesses to get involved and help support young people with job placements across the UK. The scheme will play a key role in rebuilding the UK’s economy and supporting young people into sustainable employment.

What is the Kickstart scheme?

The Kickstart Scheme was announced in July as part of the Chancellor’s Plan for Jobs. The scheme aims to create thousands of high-quality six-month work placements for young people aged 16 to 24 who are claiming Universal Credit.

Under the scheme, the Government will cover 100 per cent of employment costs for 25 hours a week. This includes the employee's salary at the appropriate minimum wage for their age, as well as National Insurance and pension contributions.

As part of the scheme, employers are expected to provide extensive wrap-around support for each young person taken on. The £1500 government grant which goes alongside each work placement under the scheme goes to provide this comprehensive wrap-around support, which can either be provided and evidenced in-house by the employer or can be externally sourced through a professional Careers and Employability provider using part of the grant to fund this. Ansbury Guidance, as Careers and Employability Experts, are offering the wrap-around support, alongside the administration support to sign up to the scheme.

Why sign up through us as an employer?

With over 20 years of experience supporting young people and adults into work, Ansbury Guidance is the largest Careers and Employability provider in Dorset. We provide careers, training and employment support for 1000s of people each year and work with multiple organisation partners across the county.

For employers, Ansbury Guidance will handle the employee wages from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), recruitment and interview support if required, and complete the administrative requirements of the scheme on your behalf, making the process simple for you.

For young people on placements, Ansbury Guidance can provide quality wrap-around employability support throughout the process and advise on those valuable next steps of re-entering paid, full time employment. To give you a flavour of the support we can offer:

  • Initial assessment to highlight strengths and learning needs
  • Individual Kickstart plan to prepare and plan for the young person starting
  • Professional development; team working, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Digital competency assessment and training
  • Regular progress reviews
  • Audit to identify skills gained through Kickstart
  • Careers guidance
  • CV completion
  • Interview preparation
  • Local labour market knowledge, including jobs in-demand and opportunities
  • Support to find long-term sustainable employment
  • Exit interviews

How do I apply to be a Kickstart employer?

Applying is simple and you'll have full support through each stage of the process. You don't have to live locally to Dorset to apply through us, as we are accepting applications UK wide. To state your interest in the Kickstart scheme through us, simply email us on . We will then contact you to allow you to ask further questions, including sending you an application form to gather more information about the placement(s) you wish to provide.

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For more information on the Kickstart scheme please read the Kickstart Employer Handbook

I'm a young person. How do I apply for the Kickstart scheme?

If you are aged 16 to 24 and are claiming Universal Credit, you are able to sign up to the Kickstart scheme by asking your Job Centre Plus Work Coach to be referred. The job placements are for 6 months, 25 hours a week minimum, and will be open to you to sign up to between August 2020 until December 2021. After the 6 month placement finishes, your employer or an Ansbury career coach can support you to find long term employment. There may be some employers who will be able to continue your Kickstart placement into a full-time permanent position, but this is not a guarantee. The Kickstart scheme is open to all employers across the UK so you could be working in administration, marketing, IT, youth work, hospitality, and much more – the choice is yours! Contact your Work Coach today to sign up.

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