08 Sep 2021

Join Historic England's Kickstart scheme

Historic England, the lead representative within the heritage sector for the Kickstart scheme, is looking to expand its Kickstart gateway by recruiting more organisations.

The Kickstart Scheme was launched in September 2020 by the Government as an initiative to increase and support the employment of young people, aged 16-24 on Universal Credit. If your organisation is keen to help ‘kick start’ the potential careers of young people, then they would like to recruit you into our gateway. 

All placements are for 6 months, you will receive 100% funding based on 25 hours per week at the associated National Minimum Wage. Grant funding also includes 100% NI contributions and Pension enrolment contributions based on the basic 3% employers’ costs. 

To qualify for this scheme your organisation must be one or both of the following with a PAYE System:

  • A registered organisation with Companies House.
  • A registered charity with the Charity Commission.
  • A registered charity with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. 
  • Councils, other Arm’s Length Body organisations, Universities and College.

Historic England will submit an application to the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) on your behalf. Organise your grant funding and the submission of job descriptions lifting the administration off your organisation.

By joining Historic England’s Gateway, they will also provide training and support for your Kickstart placements paid for out of the employability grant (funded by the DWP). 

For each Kickstart placement recruited your organisation will also receive a £600 grant to further assist with the skills development of your placement.

If your organisation would be interested in joining the Kickstart scheme or if you would just like some more information, please visit Historic England’s webpage or contact them directly at [email protected] or [email protected]