The Kickstart Scheme is part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs which was announced in July 2020 and it aims to create hundreds and thousands of new, fully funded and paid work placements across England, Scotland and Wales.
The scheme offers funding for employers to create new 6 month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.
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 enrollment contributions
There is also £1500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.
This is a fantastic opportunity for your organisation to make a real difference to young people during this difficult time. It is also a beneficial opportunity which can help attract young talent into your organisation and sector – and it is fully funded!