Tuesday 15th September
The Kickstart scheme is a £2 billion fund designed to create hundreds of thousands of high quality, 6-month work placements for young people aged 16-24, who are claiming Universal Credit. The Government’s Kickstart scheme is designed to help young people whose dreams, careers and ideal jobs have been affected by COVID-19.
How the Scheme works
The Government will fund 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours per week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrollment contributions. £1,500 is also available per placement to support and train the young person.
This means that for any business, of any size and operating in any sector who is looking to create quality jobs for young people can apply to create new 6-month job placements and support the next generation through the early stages of their career to develop skills and experience.
Check out the Kickstart Scheme Employer Guide here
Who can apply for funding?
Any organisation, regardless of size, can apply for funding.
The job placements created with Kickstart funding must be new jobs. They must not:
- replace existing or planned vacancies
- cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment
The roles you are applying for must be:
- a minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months
- paid at least the National Minimum Wage for their age group
- should not require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement
Each application should include how you will help the participants to develop their skills and experience, including:
- support to look for long-term work, including career advice and setting goals
- support with CV and interview preparations
- supporting the participant with basic skills, such as attendance, timekeeping and teamwork
Once a job placement is created, it can be taken up by a second person once the first successful applicant has completed their 6-month term.
How to apply
If your organisation is creating more than 30 job placements as part of the Kickstart Scheme, you can submit your application directly.
Start your application
If your organisation is creating fewer than 30 job placements, we can help you do this, as you are not eligible to able to apply directly. Please call us on 0800 032 3488
or email email@example.com to register your interest in this scheme. We're recruiting a brand new team to help SMEs with skills and apprenticeships, and they will be able to help you navigate the Kickstart Scheme.
(The guidance is still being updated by Department for Work and Pensions, and therefore the criteria requirements may change.)