The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds.
The Government has launched the £2 billion Kickstart scheme designed to fund the creation of jobs for young people on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.
To support employers in recruiting young people, the Government will cover the national minimum wage costs for six months, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic pension enrolment contributions. A £1,500 grant will also be available for each job placement to provide support and training, as well as helping pay for uniforms and other setup costs.
The opportunities on offer need to be new, high quality 6-month job placements for a minimum of 25 hours per week and pay at least the national minimum wage. Employers should also provide training and support to enable the employee to find a permanent job.
If creating more than 30 job placements, employers can apply for the scheme directly with the Government. If employers have less than 30 opportunities, they can apply through an intermediary or become one.
Kensington and Chelsea Council is a local intermediary and is working with partners to enable and support local employers to offer Kickstart job placements. If you would like to participate in the scheme please email Albena Karameros on firstname.lastname@example.org.