Kickstart Scheme - how to get involved

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The Government has launched a new scheme to help get young people into long-term employment. The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit and who are at the highest risk of long-term unemployment.

Government will fund new 6-month work placements, as part of the government’s Plan for Jobs and aims to create hundreds and thousands of new, fully funded jobs across England, Scotland and Wales.

Employers will provide training and support to scheme participants, such as developing teamwork, organisation and communication skills, help with CV and interview preparation and support to look for long-term, sustainable work once the 6-month placement has ended.

The funding will cover for each job placement:

  • 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
  • Associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • Employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

There will also be extra funding to support young people to build their experience and help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart Scheme funded job.

The scheme will run from 2nd September 2020 to at least December 2021, will cover the whole of the UK and be available to employers of all sizes.

Employers who can commit to offering at least 30 roles can apply to the scheme directly. Employers offering fewer than 30 placements can apply through a representative organisation.

You can find out more about the scheme here, at or in this guide for employers
If offering fewer than 30 placements, you can find a list of representative organisations here
Young people can find out more about the Kickstart Scheme at the jobhelp site.

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