Are you looking for an affordable way to employ new staff while helping young people into the workforce? Then the government’s kickstart scheme could be the perfect scheme for your business. The scheme is aimed to help young people between the ages of 16 and 24 who are at risk of long-term unemployment to get the experience they need to kickstart their careers. 


For each kickstart job the government will cover the cost of 25 hours a week at the national minimum wage as well as pension and national insurance contributions. Employers will also receive £1500 for every eligible young person who they employ through the scheme to support their personal development and employability skills. At Innovate Awarding we have created 9 industry specific employability courses that can help you support young people and help give them the skills they need to succeed in your industry and with your business. Find out more about our employability courses


The government’s kickstart scheme is open to businesses in all sectors and of all sizes in England, Scotland, and Wales. From tech and digital businesses to retail, warehousing, and social care, the kickstart employment scheme covers careers in every industry. The scheme is part of the government’s Plan for Jobs which includes other types of employment schemes such as apprenticeships. 


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Working with Innovate has been a clear and productive partnership. We have had to respond quickly and proactively to the global pandemic challenges created and Innovate has been able to support us in enabling us to reach our goals.


We are now well equipped to move forward with an exciting learner programme aimed towards learners improving their employability and life skills

Terry Smith
Head of IQA at Aspire Sporting Academy
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As a small business it is important to us to be able to build a relationship with those we work with, Innovate have been great and we cannot rate them highly enough. 


The team are great, professional, friendly and helpful, they provide a personal touch, that sets them apart from others! 


Communication is great, the SV’s are lovely, their visits are supportive and always informative. 

Dawn Martin
Managing Director at New Dawn Training
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We specialise in the Health and Social Care sector and Innovate Awarding is our partner of choice. We have worked with them for a number of years now, as they are very responsive, efficient and always provide support when needed.

Caroline Bartle
CEO at 3SpiritUK
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We have only been working with Innovate for a short time, and we have been extremely impressed with their service.  Innovate Awarding are quick to respond to emails, always helpful with questions and really lovely people to deal with. Our EQA was amazing support for our first sample. We felt very supported and prepared for our first remote sample (which took place over the COVID Disruptions). We feel happy to continue our working partnership with Innovate and we have looked at expanding our offering, using Innovate Awarding as the Awarding Organisation.

Tracey Strong
Vocational Learning Area Manager, St Vincent College
NVQ academy

NVQ Academy has been an Assessment Centre - specialising in providing competence Qualifications for Children Services and the Care Sector - for nearly 25 years and with Innovate for 6 years.


The transition from our previous Awarding Body to Innovate was very smooth and efficient - and our work-based in-house approach has been supported by the team throughout.


During the many changes to the Adult Learning Scene in our time with them - Innovate has remained professional and encouraging with our aims in providing a consistent model.

The majority of our customers have remained fully open during the current Covid-19 situation. During this difficult time Innovate has been able to be flexible to our needs - and support the changing methods and circumstances.

Nicola Ryan-Raine
Academy Director at NVQ Academy

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