The Kickstart Programme

The government has opened its new Kickstart Scheme. The scheme is designed to create new 6-month job placements for young people currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. The job placements, which must be new placements, should support individuals to develop the skills they need to find work after completing the scheme. Funding is available to employers following a successful applications process. Funding will cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage costs for 25 hours per week, plus associated employer NICs and minimum employer pensions contributions under the auto-enrolment rules. There is also £1,500 per job placement available for set-up costs, support and training.

Applications must be for a minimum of 30 placements. However if you are an SME, and would like to participate in the scheme but cannot offer that sort of number, you can partner with other organisations to reach that threshold.

For more information go to the government’s employer information found here:

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