The Kickstart Scheme was announced by the Chancellor last Summer, and will offer hundreds of thousands of job opportunities over the next two years. A £2 billion pot is available to fully fund positions with businesses across Britain.
16,500 young people have already started their 6 month paid job placement through the #Kickstart Scheme and more are starting every day. If you are 16 to 24 years old, find out more about the scheme:
How the Kickstart Scheme works
Kickstart provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. Employers of all sizes can now apply for funding which covers:
- 100% of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months
- associated employer National Insurance contributions
- employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions
Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021.
Further funding is available for training and support so that young people on the scheme can get a job in the future.
Employers no longer need a minimum of 30 job placements to apply directly for a grant.
They can now apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant by either:
- applying online
- getting help from a Kickstart gateway who is already working with the Kickstart Scheme