The Prince’s Trust is the UK’s largest youth charity and has been supporting young people for over 45 years to develop their confidence and skills to live, learn, and earn. In that time, we have helped over one million young people to transform their lives – moving into jobs, re-engaging with education and training, or starting their own businesses.

The Trust is open to young people aged 11-30 across the UK – and offers much-needed support to those facing mental health issues, challenges at home or even homelessness. If they’re willing to aim high – we are here. We work with delivery partners and employers across the UK to offer hundreds of free courses, grants and mentoring opportunities to inspire young people to build their confidence and start a career.

Find out more about how your business can work with The Trust to be the turning point in a young person’s life.

ManpowerGroup is one of the world’s leading workforce solutions organisations.  Everyday we have around 30,000 individuals working in client companies the length and breadth of the UK.  We have over 60 years’ experience working today with over 7,000 employers in the public, private and voluntary sectors across the country.  We have the systems and processes to help clients – from recruitment and assessment through to onboarding, payroll and HR management.

Young people are at the heart of much of what ManpowerGroup does:  around 25% of our workforce is aged under 25.  We are active supporters of the national apprenticeship scheme, we support internships and schools engagement programmes and we help clients understand how young people can play a valuable role in their organisations.  We are active supporters of Movement to Work, Young Enterprise and the 5% Club.

About Kickstart and our offer

With the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic continuing to be felt across the UK, young people have been among the worst hit by the unemployment crisis.

In response, as part of the UK Government’s Plan for Jobs, the £2bn Kickstart Scheme has been created to provide financial support for businesses to offer six-month paid placements to young people aged 16 to 24 who are claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

Working through the ManpowerGroup and The Prince’s Trust, you will have access to:

  • expert advice and administrative support from ManpowerGroup who will handle your application to the scheme as the Gateway organisation, applying for the grant funding for you and distributing the grant monies
  • a comprehensive, high-quality wraparound employability package from The Prince’s Trust, designed to develop and inspire young people

The government funds each Kickstart placement, paying 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours per week for the six-month placement, as well as associated employer National Insurance Contributions and minimum Automatic Enrolment (pension) contributions. You are free to employ the young person for more than 25 hours per week – just be aware the government funding is capped, and you’ll need to fund the additional hours.

Employers of any size can apply, and placements can start up until the end of December 2021. The government also provides a £1,500 grant to the employer for every placement, to cover additional training and support to help the young person build their skills and increase their opportunities to move into sustainable employment. The Prince’s Trust employability support package costs £1,000 plus VAT (£1,200 in total), leaving you £300 per young person to cover any further costs.

All associated administrative costs for ManpowerGroup are covered separately by the DWP who grant additional funds to Gateway organisations.