Could you do with some help around the office? Would you be open to the idea of taking on an enthusiastic 16–24-year-old and showing them the ropes of a career in fundraising? Oh, and would you like their wages to be paid by the government?

If the answer to these questions is yes, the Kickstart scheme might be for you.

For the unfamiliar, the Kickstart scheme was introduced by the Chancellor in 2020, as part of his ‘Plan for Jobs’ programme. It was designed to help 16–24-year-olds on Universal Credit secure decent quality jobs.

The scheme, which is open to employers of all sizes, gives young people crucial work experience, at no risk to the employer. It’s a win-win.

If you’re still unsure, here are five great reasons to become a Kickstart employer.

  1. We need more fundraisers

    There’s a lot of untapped potential out there. Join the scheme and you could be part of getting someone interested in working in fundraising – something they might not have thought about or had a chance to try otherwise.That’s got to give you a warm fuzzy feeling.

  2. It’ll cost you nothing

    The government covers all the costs, from the young person’s wages (national minimum wage for up to 25 hours a week, over a six month period), to Pension and National Insurance contributions. They’ll even give you £1,500 to train your young employee.If they turn out to be a natural, you can keep them on and renegotiate the terms.

  3. You get extra support with your projects

    There are never enough hours in the day, right?Your apprentice can take some of the work off your hands, help you with the mountain of tasks you never seem to get around to and learn how everything works at the same time.

  4. You’re offering someone a great opportunity

    It’s not looking great employment-wise for young people now unless they want to work in hospitality or retail.Giving someone a chance to try something new could change their life.

  5. There’s no minimum number of placements

    You don’t need to be a big organisation to join the scheme. The ‘minimum of 30 places’ rule was scrapped in 2021, so even if your organisation is small, you can still reap the rewards of the scheme.

What now?

If you think the Kickstart scheme might work for you, get in quick as it’s due to end in December 2021. There are rumours that it could be extended for another six months, but despite the likes of the CBI putting pressure on the government, it’s not a done deal.

For more information, and to apply for the Kickstart scheme, click here.