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Kickstart Scheme FAQs

Wired Sussex is going to act as an aggregator, helping digital, media and tech businesses in our community to access the government’s new Kickstart Scheme.

What is the Kickstart Scheme?

Kickstart is a new government employment scheme where businesses can receive funding for 6-months employment of an under-25 year old who is currently on Universal Credit.

What is an aggregator and why is it needed? 

You need to be taking on at least 30 people to qualify for funding under the Kickstart scheme. However organisations like Wired Sussex can aggregate and manage applications from smaller businesses on their behalf, as long as the overall total comes to more than 30.

What are the benefits to my business?

You will get a new junior  member of staff, fully funded, for six months to help support your business, and you give someone a first step into our industry.

Can I choose who I employ?

Employers will be able to write their own job descriptions, interview and choose the employees, however the candidates will come via the JobCentre. 

What funding do I get?

The placements will be funded for 25 hours a week at national minimum wage, and also covers national insurance and pension contributions. In addition to this, the employer gets £1,500 per placement to cover the costs of equipment, training and other associated new-starter costs.

Can I increase the hours?

You can increase the hours to full time but you cannot claim the funds to cover this. 

Can I increase the pay?

To ensure that the scheme is inclusive, companies applying through Wired Sussex must agree to top up the salary to meet Brighton Living Wage.  If you wish to pay above this then you are able to. 

What are my obligations?

You must help the participants to develop their skills and experience. This would include support to look for long-term work, help with CV and interview preparation, and training to develop their skills. You can provide this support in-house or through external organisations like Wired Sussex. 

Is there a deadline to apply by?

We don't have a deadline, but it would be great if you could register your interest as soon as possible. 

What sorts of roles does this cover?

This must be a new job and not replace existing or planned vacancies, or cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment. It can cover any type of role but  the role should not require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement.

Here are some examples:

Account Executive | Advocate Manager | Associate Customer Support | Business  Development Intern | Business Development Associate | Content Marketing Exec | Content | Marketing Intern | Customer Support Agent | Marketing Executive | Marketing Intern | Operations Assistant | UX Intern | Support Agent

Do I have to be a member of Wired Sussex to take part? 

Yes. Our bid will be specifically focusing on digital, media and tech roles and, due to the interest that we have had, we are limiting participants to Member companies. If you are not a member company but have a digital, media or tech requirement for your business then you are eligible to join and take part. Full details on membership can be found here.

If you are interested in a placement as part of the Kickstart scheme, please let us know by filling out our expression of interest form and we’ll get in touch with you soon.

About the author

Rebecca Groves

Hi, I'm Wired Sussex's Skills and Talent Strategy Lead. I oversee our skills and talent strategy for the regional digital sector. This includes the delivery of activity which addresses this strategy, such as our annual Talent festival, and working with members to help them benefit from our initiatives.

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