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Kickstart is part of the Government’s plan for jobs tackling some of the impact of COVID 19 and aims to create large numbers of fully funded positions. The first placements are likely to be available from November 2020 and the scheme will run for 18 months.

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create new 6 month job placements for 16 – 24 year olds who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long term unemployment.

Funding will cover for each job placement:

  • 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
  • the associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic pension enrolment contributions

Bidding for Kickstart places is a national process which is being routed through the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP).  Any organisation can bid for places but applications must be for a minimum of 30 job placements and there is no upper limit. 

Forth Valley approach

Across Forth Valley, as a result of our engagement with employers, local authorities recognise that setting a minimum of 30 placements through the bidding process excludes many small to medium business enterprises (SMEs).

Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Councils have agreed to adopt a regional approach to bidding for placements acting as a consortium and business intermediary so SMEs can take advantage of the opportunities presented through the Kickstart scheme.

Interested Clackmannanshire employers should complete the application form and return no later than Monday 28 September to e:

As a local authority consortium and Kickstart intermediary, we will endeavour to secure as many places as possible for local employers.  However, completion of the template is not a guarantee that a placement will be funded. 

We will work closely with applicants and aim to keep you fully informed as the process develops.

For Further Information Contact

Clackmannanshire Works
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 226699/450000