Kickstart scheme opened for applications

The government has launched theĀ Kickstart Scheme and opened it for applications from employers.

The scheme provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

This is part of the government’s 'Plan for Jobs' which aims to create hundreds and thousands of new, fully funded jobs across England, Scotland and Wales.

The first placements are likely to be available from November.

Funding will cover for each job placement:

  • 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
  • the associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

There will also be extra funding to support young people to build their experience and help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart Scheme funded job.

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