More than 500 organisations signed up to help small firms with Kickstart jobs scheme

More than 500 organisations signed up to help small firms with Kickstart jobs scheme
Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events

Posted: Fri 18th Sep 2020

The government has announced that more 500 bodies have signed up to help small businesses make applications for funding to cover the employment of young people through the Kickstart scheme.

Announced by chancellor Rishi Sunak in July, the initiative allows firms to offer six month placements to 16-24 year olds who are at risk of long term unemployment with their salaries for 25 hours a week covered by the government. Business also get £1,500 per job for set-up costs, support and training.

Only companies with a minimum 30 placements can apply directly. Employers with less than that need the help of another organisation.

The government says more than 500 organisation have now been confirmed as so-called 'gateways'. The gateways will submit applications for Kickstart funding on behalf of several businesses looking to offer placements to make up the minimum of 30.

Organisations signed up as gateways included national bodies, groups focused on specific areas and those that work with particular sectors.

They will gather information from small businesses about the job placements on offer, submit an application on behalf of a group of employers and pass on the relevant payments made by the government.

The gateways receive £300 per young person placed in a Kickstart job. They can also receive a proportion of the £1,500 funding for set-up costs if they continue to support the small business.

Links to all the bodies currently confirmed as gateways are here:

Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events
I'm a freelance content creator and event host who helps small businesses and the organisations that support them. I have 18 years of experience as a small business journalist having interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs from billionaires like Sir Richard Branson to the founders behind brand new start-ups. I've worked for a range of leading small business publications and support groups, most recently as head of content at Enterprise Nation where I was responsible for the prolific output of content on the company's blog and social media. I'm based in Bristol where I run and host regular events with the local small business community and have strong connections to major business organisations in the south west region. In total, I've hosted over 50 events; from intimate meet-ups to conferences with an audience of hundreds including events for international brands like Facebook and Xero. I'm also a big fan of podcasts having hosted Enterprise Nation's Small Business Sessions as well as lots of online events including Facebook Live interviews, webinars and three live web chats from inside 10 Downing Street. With my partner, I co-run Lifestyle District, a lifestyle blog focused on culture, art, theatre and photography. I'm here to help. I'm volunteering free advice calls of up to an hour as part of the Recovery Advice for Business scheme, over the next 6 months. Please get in touch to see how I can help your business. 

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