What’s next after Kickstart?

What’s next after Kickstart: How Key Training can help your Business

The government’s Kickstart Scheme launched on 2nd September 2020 to counteract the impact of Coronavirus on employers and young people looking for work. The £2bn fund looked to create thousands of 6-month work placements for people aged 16 to 24 and supported businesses to do so via grant funding. The scheme is closing at the end of 2021 and no new applications will be accepted after 17th December. This leaves employers with the question of what to do next, as the funding runs out, is it possible to employ these new workers permanently or is there an alternative?

Unfortunately, work placements are not a guarantee of a full-time job role and in many instances, you may not have a position available for your work placement recruits. There are some alternatives to consider, and you may be able to consider keeping work placement recruits on your staff in another way. You may be able to find a role within the business which they can learn on the job or you may be able to consider them for a more junior role.

Alternatively, you could consider apprenticeships. If you have willing applicants, then consider offering your work placement recruits the chance to apply for an apprenticeship. Apprenticeships combine on-the-job skills training with some classroom learning. Their time is split 80:20 between the workplace and their college or training provider. Apprenticeships are 95% funding by the government so you can still make a cost saving and you benefit from cutting back on additional hiring costs as you can shape apprentices in their future career and benefit from their career progression too.

Businesses may see some of their Kickstart trainees moving on elsewhere and this further intensifies the need for new and enthusiastic recruits. The apprenticeship scheme look to bring these people to your business, and you can still benefit from the financial incentive offered via the government.

What’s more employers can benefit from £3,000 for new apprentices of any age who joined/join their organisation from 1 October 2021 to 31 January 2022. This incentive payment is in addition to the £1,000 employers already receive for hiring an apprentice that is aged 16 to 18 years old.

Additional Support for Individuals

If you know you will not be able to employ individuals on the Kickstart Scheme within your business beyond the six-month period, then be sure to give them all the advice you can. We recommend referring them to organisations such as Key Training and we will look at the skills they’ve learned for you and suggest the next steps for their career. We may be able to suggest or recommend apprenticeships and training schemes even if you are not able to.

The Kickstart Scheme has given many young people a better idea of what they want to do in their future. Some may even have job offers but there are others to consider too. At Key Training we want to support organisations with the right training mix to suit their needs, helping them to attract great candidates and benefit from the government funding available for training and recruitment.