ESF Action note 064/21 - Confirmation of the position regarding ESF participants moving into Kickstart funded vacancies and ESF eligibility for people employed in Kickstart funded vacancies.
This Action Note updates the policy position set out in Action Note 061/21. It confirms the European Social Fund Managing Authority’s (ESF MA) position in respect of individuals on ESF support moving into Kickstart funded vacancies and in respect of Kickstart participants being eligible for ESF support.
This note confirms that individuals participating in ESF provision (apart from provision delivered by the DWP CFO) can be referred to Kickstart Scheme jobs if they meet the eligibility and suitability criteria. This note also confirms individuals in Kickstart jobs can receive ESF support where the individual has support needs which are above and beyond those that will be addressed by the employer. This support cannot replicate the support provided by the employer.
Grant recipients are asked to note that as from the date of publication of this Action Note (30th March 2021) ESF participants are able to be referred to Kickstart vacancies. All referrals to assess eligibility and suitability for a Kickstart vacancy must be via a DWP Work Coach.
ESF funding must only be used to deliver support in addition to what is provided through the grant paid to the employer. It cannot be used to duplicate what is already being provided or replace existing planned support. The additional ESF support package must be agreed between the ESF project and the Kickstart employer and documented.
View the action note in full HERE.