The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers:
- 100% of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months
- associated employer National Insurance contributions
- employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions
Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021.
A Kickstart Scheme application must be for a minimum of 30 job placements. If a single employer cannot provide this many job placements, they can find an existing Kickstart gateway, such as a local authority, charity or trade body for help applying.
If you are a representative applying on behalf of a group of employers, you can get £300 of funding per placement to support with the associated administrative costs of bringing together these employers.
Further funding is available for training and support so that young people on the scheme can get a job in the future.
Further information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/kickstart-scheme