What you need to know

If you are aged between 16 and 24, the Kickstart scheme could help get your career back on track. The scheme, which is due to run until December 2021, is specifically aimed to give young people a stepping stone into their chosen sector. Here’s everything you need to know. 

What is the government’s Kickstart scheme?

The Kickstart Scheme will fund hundreds of thousands of high quality 6 month work placements for young people aged 16-24 deemed at risk of long term unemployment due to Coronavirus.

The scheme will pay employers 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. There is also a £1,500 grant per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.

Most employers aren’t allowed to apply directly to the Government for funding. As an official Kickstart Gateway, we can handle your application on your behalf entirely free of charge as the Government covers our administration costs directly.

Who is eligible for the Kickstart scheme?

The Kickstart scheme is specifically designed for those aged between 16 and 24, who are currently claiming Universal Credit, and may be at risk of long-term unemployment.

How does the Kickstart scheme work?

The government will cover 100% of minimum wage for these workers, up to a maximum of 25 hours per week. They’ll also cover National Insurance payments and any pension contributions.

Your employer will also received a £1.500 grant per placement to provide training etc.

How long does the scheme last?

Kickstart placements can last for a period of up to six months, depending on the need of the employer. 

The scheme will operate until at least December 2021.

How can businesses take part? 

Any business can take part in the Kickstart scheme – no matter how big, or small. 

However, they will have to make a minimum of 30 placements. Any smaller business that are unable to hire this many people will be able to group together with other companies, as part of their application.

If your business is looking to take part, you can apply here

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