EDA Kickstart Support Service

For more information call Tracy Hewett, EDA Education & Training Consultant: 020 3141 7358

Kickstart: recruit a new team member at zero cost to your business

And you open the door to a great career for a young person age 16 – 24

You benefit from a £6,800 package for each placement, at no cost to your business

  • A £2 billion pound Government initiative to support young people into employment
  • 6-month fully-funded, 25 hours a week work placement for young people 16 – 24 on Universal Credit
  • Government pays 100% of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for the placement, including employers’ National Insurance and minimum automatic enrolment pension contributions
  • Employers can increase hours or level of pay but that is funded by you
  • Subject to the Department for Work and Pensions, Kickstart will run from December 2020, with first placements taking place in January 2021.

Kickstart Support: a new service that’s free to EDA Members & Affiliates

Kickstart Support has negotiated a contract with the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP). This contract removes the barrier of a minimum of 30 placements per company. If you are able to provide a minimum of 30 placement you can, of course, administer your own scheme.

Your business can offer one placement or more and Kickstart Support will handle all the employer responsibilities, administration and Job Centre liaisin for you including:

  • drafting job descriptions from outline brief
  • application administration
  • screening candidates
  • recruitment services including organising interview dates
  • issue employment contracts
  • payroll and HR support
  • undertake regular performance review
  • complete workplace training – including an EDA Product Knowledge Module worth £150 (if applicable to the Kickstarter’s placement)
Kickstart Support Service

Kickstart Support FAQs

Download the factsheet.

Can I offer a Kickstarter placement more than 25 hours a week?

Yes you can but you will be responsible for the cost of wages etc beyond the Kickstart Scheme. For example, if a candidate is employed for, say, 35 hours per week, Kickstart will pay for 25 hours and you will be responsible for 10 hours.

Is the Kickstarter placement completely free to us?

Yes. Each Kickstarter placement is for 6 months, 25 hours per week, at National Minimum Wage and the government pays those costs. If you wish to top up the wage or offer a placement for more than 25 hours a week you can, but the cost of this will be met from your own funds.

How do we find our Kickstarter?

Please think about and describe the role you’d like to offer – EDA Apprenticeships Plus can help you with this. We will liaise with the  Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) to identify a list of candidates in your area that match your job description. These candidates will be shortlisted by EDA Apprenticeships Plus, against your precise criteria.

EDA Apprenticeships Plus will assist in the interview process and help you choose your placement candidate.

Can we advertise for a Kickstarter ourselves?

You can identify a young person yourself but they will need to be claiming Universal Job Credit.  They can then speak to their DWP Job Coach and inform them that they wish to apply for the vacancy you are advertising.

Can we employ the Kickstarter at the end of the placement?

Absolutely. If they have proven to be an asset to your business you could offer them a permanent role or move them on to an apprenticeship. You can do that either directly, or through EDA Kickstart Support.

Can I turn the Kickstarter placement into an apprenticeship?

Yes, the Kickstart Grant will cease at that point. You can move them on to an apprenticeship at any time during the Kickstart placement or at the end.

If the candidate is eligible you will be entitled to further apprenticeship grants of between £1,500 and £3,000.

Is there a penalty for releasing the Kickstarter candidate early?

No. Although the aim is to find permanent employment through the Kickstart scheme.

I am interested in EDA Kickstart Support, what do I do now?

Contact Tracy, at the EDA Head Office, on 020 3141 7358. Alternatively you can complete this online form.

Can we offer just one Kickstarter placement?

There is no minimum number that you need to offer.  You can only offer one placement per 3 currently employed full time staff members.

Can we offer another Kickstarter placement at the end of the 6 months?

It would be fantastic if the Kickstarter proved to be a good match for your business and you were able to offer them a full time role or apprenticeship, but you are under no obligation to keep a Kickstarter on after 6 months. If you wish to take on another Kickstarter after that you can as long as the Kickstart service is still operational (it is due to close to new placements in December 2021).

Who is behind the EDA's Kickstart service?

EDA Kickstart is offered by the team at EDA Apprenticeships Plus.  They are the EDA’s external training partners and have worked with us for well over 10 years managing the EDA Apprenticeship Service.

How can EDA Apprenticeships provide the Kickstart service at no cost to me?

Costs are covered by Department for Work and Pension (DWP) grants, as a sector specific support service. The DWP said: ‘We will provide funding to representative bodies for each person starting a Kickstart job to cover the administrative costs.’

How long will the Kickstart Scheme run for?

It will be delivered through the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) and is currently in place until December 2021 with the last placements completing by June 2022.

Why is Kickstart focussing only on people under the age of 25?

Proportionately more young people have been furloughed than their more experienced colleagues or are at greater risk due to working in sectors disproportionately hit by the pandemic.

Figures indicate that a record 538,000 under-25s claimed Universal Credit between March and June 2020, with over 1,000,000 expected to be added from July until the end of October 2020.

It is intended that Kickstart will, at minimum, build their work skills and help them gain experience to improve their chances of finding long-term work. Ideally, their job placement employer will experience a recovery from the lows of the pandemic and retain them on a more permanent basis. Chancellor Rishi Sunak said:

“This isn’t just about kickstarting our country’s economy – it is an opportunity to kickstart the careers of thousands of young people who could otherwise be left behind as a result of the pandemic.

“The scheme will open the door to a brighter future for a new generation and ensure the UK bounces back stronger as a country.”

Can I replace a permanent member of my team with a Kickstart placement?

The role must not replace existing or planned vacancies or cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment. When planning for a Kickstart placement your job description must include how you will help the individual develop their skills and experience, including:

  • support to look for long-term work, including career advice and setting goals.
  • support with CV and interview preparations

Again, EDA Kickstart Support will assist you in these areas as needed.