Walsall Works is supporting local businesses to access funding from the Government’s Kickstart scheme to create jobs for unemployed young people. By creating a Kickstart job placement, businesses will be helping young people who are at risk of being unemployed in the long term.
Aims to create six-month job placements for young people aged 16 to 24 who are claiming a Universal Credit benefit and are at risk of long term unemployment. Through the scheme, employers will receive 100% of the wages and employment costs for up to 25 hours a week. Additional employer incentives are available for wraparound support.
Employers with less than 30 job vacancies can not apply directly to the scheme and will need to need to apply via a Kickstart Gateway. Walsall Works can be your chosen Gateway Organisation. This means we will act on your behalf and apply for your grant.
Established in 2012, Walsall Works is a Council funded programme designed to support local people with finding jobs, apprenticeships and training. The programme provides in-work and outof-work support to our residents as well as supporting local businesses.
Our expert team of Employment Advisors offer a wealth of experience in supporting and engaging young people. Our Employer Engagement Officers provide specialist support to our local businesses. Walsall Works can provide a mentoring service to both your business and your Kickstart placement through a wraparound employability package.
Who can apply for funding?
Any organisation, regardless of size, can apply for funding. The job placements created with Kickstart funding must be new jobs. They must not:
- Replace existing or planned vacancies
- Cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment
The Kickstart job placements must be:
- 6 months in duration
- A minimum of 25 hours per week
- Pay the national minimum wage
- Should not require the young person to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement
For more information download our latest information leaflets:
Download Walsall Works Kickstart Full Offer
Download Walsall Works Kickstart Overview