The Kickstart scheme is a £2 billion fund create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. The job placements should support the participants to develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the scheme. It was launched on the 8th July after the chancellor announced the kickstart scheme as part of the plan for jobs.
Funding is available for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.
For each ‘Kickstarter’ job, the government will:
- Cover the cost of 25 hours’ work a week at the National Minimum Wage
- £4.55 for under 18s
- £6.45 for 18 to 20-year-olds
- £8.20 for 21 to 24-year-olds
Employers will also be able to top up that payment if they wish.
There is also £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.
How to apply
If you’re creating more than 30 job placements
If your organisation is creating more than 30 job placements as part of the Kickstart Scheme, you can submit your application directly at www.gov.uk
If you’re creating fewer than 30 job placements
If your organisation is creating fewer than 30 job placements, you cannot apply directly. You must partner with other organisations *Gateways” in order to create a minimum of 30 job placements before applying.
Other organisations could include:
- similar employers
- local authorities
- trade bodies
- registered charities
You can contact your local kickstart scheme employer advisor for help with finding a Gateway organisation by emailing email@example.com