What is the Kickstart scheme?
The Kickstart scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24-year olds. It’s a great opportunity for both young people looking for work and employers looking to get help but cannot afford a full-time wage for a new employee.
A scheme that 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 and 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.
If your business could do with a ‘paid for’ employee for 6 months, then read on as this scheme could be for you.
How does it work?
The government pays 100% funding to employers for the creation of new 6-month job placements for young people aged 16-24 who are currently receiving Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.
The funding will cover:
- The full cost of the employee’s salary up to 25hrs a week at the appropriate minimum wage for their age
- Employers National Insurance and pension contributions
- Employer’s minimum automatic enrolment contributions
- In addition, £1,500 per job placement will be available for setup costs, support and training.
The placements should help the participants develop the skills and experience to find work beyond the 6-month placement and participants shouldn’t require extensive training before beginning work. Each application will have to show how the business will help the participant develop skills and experience, including:
- Support to look for long-term work
- Career advice and setting goals
- Support with CV
- Interview preparation
- Help develop with basic skills, e.g.: attendance, timekeeping and teamwork
- At the end of the 6-month job placement once the first successful applicant has completed their 6-month term you can employ a replacement.
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