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Kickstart Scheme For Employers

Employing Staff On The Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme is aimed at young people aged between 16 and 24 and offers 6-month work placements in new jobs created through government funding. The scheme is aimed at young people who are:

  • currently claiming Universal Credit
  • at risk of long-term unemployment

Through the scheme, the employee will spend 100% of their time in the workplace completing in-work training. Training delivered through the placement will help develop transferable skills aimed at increasing their chances of sustained employment.

The Kickstart Scheme is a great option if your business is looking to:

  • help young people at risk of long-term unemployment
  • offer 6-month job placements to help young people gain valuable work experience
  • test out whether someone is the right fit for a permanent job or apprenticeship with you
  • gain new ideas and develop your team by providing supervisory experience
  • help a generation of young people affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19

Funding For Employing Staff On The Kickstart Scheme

100% of wages are subsidised at National Minimum Wage (or National Living Wage depending on the age of the employee) for up to 25 hours. Employer National Insurance and automatic enrolment contributions are also fully funded.

Funding of £1,500 is also provided to cover the costs of employability training and on-the-job start-up costs – these can include, but are not limited to, uniform, safety equipment, IT equipment and other practical materials.