Supporting your kick-start scheme

Supporting your kick-start scheme | retailTRUST

Helping you recruit trainees and apprentices as part of the new government kick-start initiative

In the words of Rishi Sunak himself:

“I urge every employer big or small, national or local, to hire as many kick-starters as possible today.”

Further to the government’s recent announcement, retailTRUST can help you recruit both trainees and apprentices as part of the new kick-start scheme.

In case you missed you it, here is a summary of Rishi Sunak’s announcements:

  • Employers will be paid £1,000 to take on new trainees
  • Employers will be paid £2,000 to hire young (16-24 years old) apprentices
  • Employers will be paid £1,500 to hire apprentices aged 25 and over
  • Employers who create new jobs for any 16 to 24 year olds at risk of long-term unemployment, under the ‘kick-start scheme’, will receive direct payment for doing so.

Aaron Hunt, Senior Vocational Relationship Manager at retailTRUST, explained: “We have been supporting people into work through different pathways for over six years now. Our traineeship model has proven incredibly successful and popular not only with retailers, but the students wanting to join and move into a new role. We have worked closely with the likes of Matalan, where we have developed a model which has grown from the shop floor into warehousing and distribution. The pathway into apprenticeships is strong and very attractive. We’re incredibly passionate about developing the best way to support people into retail.”

Gary Barnes, Early Careers & Talent Development at Matalan said: “A big thanks to the team at retailTRUST for helping us develop such a successful traineeship programme at Matalan. It’s been incredible to see young people grow, develop and thrive, thanks to the brilliant support provided by the Trust. We are all super proud to be supporting young people into a career in retail.”

Get in touch with Aaron Hunt today to learn more about our existing programmes and how we can help your business benefit from the latest government initiatives.

Support payment for hiring a new apprentice

Frequently asked questions

Who can I claim funding for?

  • The incentive will be paid if you employ an apprentice between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021.
  • The apprentice must be a new employee to the business.
  • The apprentice must not have been employed by the employer six months prior to their contracted start date.

How can I claim funding?

  • Claims must be made through the apprenticeship service, therefore if you don't currently have an account (non-levy payer) you would have to sign up for one here.

How much funding could I receive?

  • £2,000 if you hire an apprentice aged 16-24 years old.
  • £1,500 if you hire an apprentice aged 25 and over.
  • In addition to this payment, an employer can also receive an additional £1,000 incentive payment for recruiting a 16-18 year old apprentice or 19-24 year old apprentice with an Education, health and care plan.

When could I expect to receive funding?

  • Payments will be made directly to employers in two equal instalments, where the apprentice is still in learning at day 90 and day 365.
  • For the 16-18 grant this will be paid to you in two instalments by your training provider, £500 after three months and £500 after 12 months.

Is there a limit to how many employees I can claim for? 

  • As long as each apprentice meets the funding requirements, there are no limits to how many incentive payments an employer can receive.

If you have any further questions, please get in touch with Aaron Hunt.