The Kickstart Scheme is a programme launched by the government to deliver funding for employers offering new job roles for 16-24 years olds who are currently in receipt of Universal Credit.
The programme is aimed at preventing young people who are currently unemployed facing long term unemployment.
What is the Kickstart Scheme eligibility?
Employers of all sizes are eligible to apply to the Kickstart Scheme. To be eligible, an employer has to create a new job role for an employee in the age range of 16 – 24 years old.
The previous requirement to create a minimum of 30 job placements is no longer applicable.
What are the criteria for the new jobs?
The new jobs must be new roles that do not replace existing employment contracts. These placements can also not replace planned recruitment or be used to reduce working hours of other employees or make them unemployed.
The job role offered by the employer must offer at least 25 hours of work a week for 6 months. The employer must pay the National Minimum wage or National Living Wage or above and the role can only involve basic training.
How to apply for the kickstart scheme?
You can apply via gov.uk or via a Kickstart gateway which is an organisation that already has a grant agreement with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). A Kickstart gateway such as ourselves, will process the application for the employer with the DWP and then add any new job placements to their existing grant agreement.
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