Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24-year-olds on Universal Credit.

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24-year-olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment. Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers:

100% of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months

associated employer National Insurance contributions

employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021.

A Kickstart Scheme application must be for a minimum of 30 job placements. If a single employer cannot provide this many job placements, they can find an existing Kickstart gateway, such as a local authority, charity, or trade body for help applying.

 Further funding is available for training and support so that young people on the scheme can get a job in the future.

Guidance about the Kickstart Scheme
Apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant: 30 or more job placements
14 October 2020 Guidance
Apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant: 29 or fewer job placements
9 October 2020 Guidance
Help employers apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant (Kickstart gateway)
9 October 2020 Guidance
Find a Kickstart gateway to apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant on your behalf
9 October 2020 Guidance

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