The Benefits of Having a Kickstarter at Your Practice
We are delighted to be involved with the Kickstart scheme which is government-funded and fully funds the direct creation of new jobs for young people (18-24) at risk of long-term unemployment. The aim is to give these young people the chance to build confidence and employment skills which will enhance their chances of finding long-term work.
The scheme is part of a package of measures to spur Britain’s economic revival and the funding will cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week plus associated costs to the employer such as National Insurance and auto-enrolment costs.
As a Gateway Organisation for the independent optical sector, SightCare can help you access Government funding to create new jobs for 18 to 24-year-olds that qualify for the scheme.
Here is an experience of joining the kickstart scheme through SightCare:
Melissa Holden – Philip Jones Opticians
Back in March this year SightCare wrote to inform me that they had been accepted onto the Kickstart Scheme. I had originally confirmed that I would take on a kickstarter employee back in November 20. After a quick chat with our lovely John French who explained the procedure I had to complete an Employer Agreement and a Job Vacancy template. Within a short time the job was being advertised and I had a contact with the work coach. The most frustrating part was that I didn’t receive any applications. Apparently in our area there were a lot of kickstart positions being advertised. I eventually received 3 applications – one had already a position by the time I was arranging interviews so I interviewed the other 2 over zoom. They were both pleasant young ladies- and so I decided to make a choice. So she has now been working for us for 2 months and things are going really well. I have moved her around the business and although initially we trained her at reception she told me at her review that she had really enjoyed working in the lab so that’s where we are keeping her. She is employed on a fixed contract of 25 hours a week for 6 months We received £500 grant for setting up and supporting her and after the first 6 weeks we received reimbursement of her first months pay via SightCare, representing one sixth of the total grant we will receive. She is also receiving employability skills training via SightCare which has been optics based and is brilliant. Overall I would highly recommend the programme as the whole process has run very smoothly.
Included in your support package from SightCare are the following benefits.
- As a specialist Gateway for the independent optical sector, with considerable experience in the sector, we are able to tailor the support package to your needs, as we understand the independent practice and its requirements.
- Mandatory employability training must be provided as part of the scheme. We will manage the process of ensuring your employee gets access to their required training. Making your job easier and ensuring that your employee has the skills they need to find work if you aren’t able to take them on permanently at the end of the six-month period.
- A range of optional training will be available which you can access for your new employee, giving them the very best start in your business.
The Kickstart funding covers:
- 100% of the National Minimum Wage, for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months.
- Associated employer National Insurance.
- Associated Auto-Enrolment contributions where appropriate.
- £500 in practice training/support grant
- 6-month online employability skills training programme for your trainee
Find out more about the kickstart scheme here