Kickstart Scheme with Create Jobs

Find out how we can help your organisation take part in the government's Kickstart Scheme

As one of London's leading employability programmes and a certified Kickstart gateway, we're looking to work with employers from across the creative, cultural and digital industries who are interested in taking part in the scheme. Together we will form a partnership of organisations dedicated to the future of London's workforce.

Find more information about the scheme, our work and what we set out to achieve below. If you'd like to take part and join the collective of organisations we'll support, you'll need to complete our short expression of interest form.

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Create Jobs is a leading employability programme offering training and roles that build young people’s skills, mindsets and connections in the creative, cultural and tech sectors. Over the last three years, we have trained over 500 young Londoners, supporting 80% to progress into employment.

We have innovated with a cohort-based approach – this means working with groups of employers at one time to recruit and train young people collaboratively. Successful schemes include the Olympic Park’s STEP programme now in its third year (60 x 6 month placements), and the Heritage Lottery Fund’s New Museum School programme with Culture& that reached 34 paid trainee roles over a two-year period.

With the Kickstart Scheme, we aim to set up a similar approach and partnership of organisations working together to support the next generation of London talent.

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The Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high-quality 6-month work placements for young people aged 16-24 who are ready for an opportunity and will be supported by their Jobcentre Plus work coach to enrol in the scheme.

Funding is available for jobs and will cover the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

There is funding available to support young people to develop new skills and to help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart funded job. This is a £1,500 sum to support positive experiences for employee and employer with funding intended for training, equipment and overheads. There is an additional £300 job matching admin fee.

More information is available on the Gov Kickstart site, here.

If your organisation would like to express interest in joining a Create Jobs led Kickstart bid, please complete and submit the following form by 14 October. From here, we will shortlist the organisations which will form our Kickstart collaboration.

With this information, we will aim to submit a bid earliest 30 October 2020. With the minimum six week turn around, we would expect to hear in December 2020.

Depending on interest we will build out 2 or 3 recruitment cohorts across 2021. No job would be able to start before January 2021.

Our consortium plan would involve Create Jobs (A New Direction) accessing up to £1,500 of the training budget per placement allocated to this scheme to fund a considered wrap-around support and development programme. For example, an employer will receive wage subsidies, with the admin and training allocation coming to core fund our delivery. We are in the process of building what this looks like but will be in line with past programmes of ours, like the New Museum School and STEP, which we have experiences of effectively managing and delivering.

We're asking organisations interested in working with us on the Kickstart Scheme to fill out a short form which gives us a bit more information about you. There are questions around equality and inclusion and fair pay which are integral to how we operate as an organisation. Whilst we seek these values in our partners, we recognise that organisations implement them differently. As such, all we ask is for you to show your commitment and any supporting policies which speak to your work to support diversity and paying the London Living Wage.

Fill out the form here.

Any questions about the form or the Kickstarter Scheme, please contacts

Join the Kickstarter Scheme

Complete our expression of interest form and we'll get in touch with you with next steps on the scheme