What is the scheme?

The Treasury has launched a £2bn ‘Kickstart’ scheme designed to address post-Covid youth unemployment by creating government-subsidised jobs across the UK. Under the scheme, employers can offer youngsters aged 16-24 who are claiming universal credit a six-month work placement.

How long will the scheme run?

The scheme will be delivered by the Department for Work and Pensions and will initially be open until December 2021, with the option of being extended.

What funding is on offer?

The government will fully fund each Kickstart job, paying 100% of the age-relevant national minimum wage, National Insurance and statutory automatic enrolment minimum pension contributions for 25 hours a week.

Employers will be able to top up this wage.

The government will also pay employers £1500 per job placement to cover support and training and to help pay for uniforms and other set up costs.

How can small employers make use of the scheme?

Applications must be for a minimum of 30 job placements. Businesses which are only able to offer one or two job placements can partner with other organisations, such as similar employers, local authorities, trade bodies or registered charities, to reach the minimum number.

You can contact your local or national Kickstart Scheme employer contact for help getting a representative.


Where can I find out more about the scheme?

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