Social Enterprise Kent is a DWP Gateway organisation acting on behalf of small to medium size enterprises access the Kickstart Scheme and tackle youth unemployed with good quality wrapround employability support.

The £2 billion fund introduced to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements for young people was launched in July after the Chancellor announced the Kickstart Scheme as part of the Plan for Jobs.

Funding available for each job will cover the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week. This will also include the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

The Young people must also be given wraparound support on their Kickstart placement to allow them to develop new skills. This support should also help them move into sustained employment on completion of their placement. There is additional funding available to support this.

Social Enterprise Kent CIC (SEK) are offering to support all SME organisations access the scheme. If businesses are already registered with another gateway or wish to apply to the DWP direct, SEK can still support your placement with the wraparound support delivered remotely each month throughout the placement.

Emma Director of Employability and Skills says – “35 years ago Social Enterprise Kent was set up with a vision to have a positive social impact within local communities. This included educating, upskilling, and supporting unemployed people and the Kickstart Scheme is empowering us to do just that! The fundamental aims of the scheme to offer a young person a placement to gain experience, skills and confidence will be vital for many stepping into the world of work! As a result, kickstart placements will give young people the skills, experience and increase the ability for them to compete for jobs they may not have been able to apply for before.