The Kickstart Scheme is a new £2 billion government fund that will pay any employer of any size across the private, public and third sector to create quality 6-month work placements for young people aged 16 to 24, claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.
The Government will fully fund each Kickstart job paying 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum auto-enrolment pension contributions. A £1500 grant per placement is also available to help with set up costs and to enable young people to develop new skills to help them move into sustained employment once their Kickstart funded job ends.
To be eligible, all job roles:
Must be new jobs.
Must be a minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months.
Must pay at least the National Minimum Wage for their age group.
Cannot replace existing or planned vacancies.
Cannot cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment.
Cannot require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement.
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