What is the Kickstart Scheme?
The Kickstart Scheme is a new initiative developed by the government to create new work placements for 16 – 24 year olds on universal credit who are at risk of being long term unemployed. Employers will receive a bonus of £1,500 for every new role they create.
The new roles must last for at least six months for a minimum of 25 hours each week. Employers will receive 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus National Insurance contributions and minimum pension costs.
More detailed information about the scheme and application process can be found on the gov.uk website – https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/kickstart-scheme.
As part of the agreement, employers must demonstrate the training and support provided to help the young people develop their skills to support their future plans to look for work. If you are not able to provide this in-house, it is anticipated that some of the £1,500 bonus will be used to fund this with an external provider. Find out below how WBTC can support with training.
Who can get involved?
The scheme is open to all employers, but the organisation must make an application for a minimum of 30 roles to be funded.
If you would like to apply to the Kickstart scheme but don’t have a minimum of 30 places, you can work with an intermediary such as West Berkshire Council – https://info.westberks.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=37547. Find out more about applying to the scheme if you have less than 30 placements available – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-a-kickstart-scheme-grant-29-or-less-job-placements.
As an established local training provider, WBTC is able to offer training to support your placements. Below is a list of the training available to you. If you have any questions, please call 01635 35 975 or email email@example.com
GLH = Guided Learning Hours
Level 1 Award in Workskills – both of the below units for the full Award – £350
Using a CV and Covering Letter and Achieving Success at Interview – £250
- The purpose of a CV and covering letter and the relevant information that should be included in both
- The importance of references, including the sort of people who would be suitable and those who would not
- How to produce a CV and covering letter for a specific job application
- How to prepare and succeed in an interview and remote interviews
Health and Safety at Work including British Safety Council Certificate in Health & Safety – £250
- The hazards and risks that may occur in a workplace environment and the appropriate actions used to deal with them
- The responsibilities of employers and employees in matters relating to health and safety in the workplace
- Ways of preventing risks and accidents to yourself and others
- Developing an understanding of the underpinning concepts of hazard, risk and emergency
- The knowledge and practical skills needed to demonstrate safe working practices in a workplace environment
Level 2 Award in Customer Service – £100
- The principles of customer service
- How to meet customer’ expectations
- The importance of appropriate behaviours and communication techniques
- Ways to deal with problem customers
Essential Digital Skills – £150
- Using devices and handling information
- Creating and editing information
- Communication including digital platforms
- Transacting and being safe and responsible online
Maths and English Functional Skills – FREE (fully funded)
Find out more here – https://www.wbtc-uk.com/english-and-maths/
NCFE Intermediate Award in Skills & Behaviours in the Working Environment
Find Solutions to Difficult Situations – £150 accredited, £100 non-accredited
This unit looks at ways in which learners can apply an open-minded approach to develop their skills in problem-solving. It will cover skills such as negotiation, influencing and persuading. Learners will explore a results-orientated approach to challenging situations to help them become effective when the pressure is on.
Effective Business Communication – £150 accredited, £100 non-accredited
This unit encourages learners to identify the key components of effective business communications so that they portray themselves in a professional light. Good practice in emails, business letters and external communications will be explored. Learners will be tasked with applying the identified skills and attributes back in their contextual setting.
Efficient and Effective Working Practices within a Team – £150 accredited, £100 non-accredited
The majority of roles involve team working and when done well it can make an employee highly valued. This unit explores team dynamics, aspects of leadership and contemporary peer-to-peer settings. It will investigate obstacles to good team working and how learners can overcome them in order to get tasks completed.
Personal and Professional Development – £150 accredited, £100 non-accredited
Learners are encouraged to apply both reflective thinking and forward planning around their personal and professional development in order to create a meaningful development plan (PDP) relevant to their occupational area. Techniques for identifying their own preferences and traits, and how they may empower or inhibit, with a view to developing self-awareness and promoting continued professional development (CPD) will be included within this unit.
Deliver Effective Customer Service – £150 accredited, £100 non-accredited
This unit sets out to provide just that, firstly through analysis of the ‘customer journey’, and secondly by looking at the components of effectiveness when delivering customer service. Learners will be encouraged to think of ways in which they can exceed their customers’ expectations, and will be tasked with applying these techniques practically back in the workplace. It will explore the techniques needed to help customers who are angry, confused or upset and who can go on to become our greatest advocates.
Time Management – £150 accredited, £100 non-accredited
The word ‘management’ implies taking an active role in choosing how time is used, has been applied, as opposed to just letting things happen or allowing others to plan. This unit encourages learners to truly plan, manage, decision make and consciously focus on their time management. It will explore the difference between importance and urgency in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
Provide Outstanding Customer Service on the Telephone – £150 accredited, £100 non-accredited
Despite the increasing prevalence of other digital communication-telephone communication skills still remains one of the key interpersonal skills required to perform most customer-focused roles. This unit, developed in conjunction with Verbatim Call Centres, applies a 10 step process that can be used as a technique for a variety of call handling situations, and is aimed at facilitating the effective management of calls with a view to delivering exceptional customer service over the phone.
Sessions to take place weekly on a remote basis using Zoom or Google Classroom. Learners may have access to an electronic portfolio for the provision of assessment work along with e-learning materials. Cohort sizes will vary except in English & maths where groups will not exceed eight participants.