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Supporting health and social care providers in Devon


Government scheme to support recruitment

What is the kickstart scheme?

  • A 6-month work placement for 16-24-year olds.
  • The placement is for those currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.
  • The placements should be for new jobs, not replacing current or planned jobs.
  • Wages are paid for these placements by the government, for up to 25 hours a week at national minimum wage (wages are paid in months 2,4 and 6).
  • There is also £1500 per job placement, available for setup costs, support and training (paid when the placement starts).
  • Once a placement has been completed successfully another applicant can take their place.

Helpful summary on Kickstart in Devon, including gateway organisations for providers taking on less than 30 trainees over an 18 month period. For more information about the scheme and how to apply, guides, support with applications.

Kickstart success

Northam Care Trust in Bideford North Devon has had first hand experience of using the Kickstart programme.

“We are keen to continue growing and investing in our own workforce and help young people at risk of long-term unemployment to start a career in social care.”

“The roles offered will be in our direct services and in our central support team so we can offer a variety of jobs, including an IT assistant and social media and marketing assistant.”

Northam Care Trust media page shows media clips talking about Kickstart on CareTalk Business Podcasts – Recruitment in Social Care, BBC Radio Devon and BBC Spotlight news.


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