The Government’s Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit.
Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months, and all associated NIC and minimum automatic enrolment qualifying pension contributions.
Businesses will also get £1,500 per job placement to cover setup costs, support and training.
Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021.
What job roles are eligible for the scheme?
The job placements created with the Kickstart Scheme funding must be new jobs.
The job placements must not:
• Replace existing or planned vacancies
• Cause existing employees, apprentices or contractors to lose work or reduce their work hours.
The job placements must:
• Be a minimum of 25 hours per week for 6 months
• Pay at least the National Minimum Wage for the employee’s age group
• Only require basic training before they begin the job placement
Every job placement must help the young person become more employable. This could include CV support and interview preparation, skills development in the workplace or careers advice and setting goals.
Offering 29 or less job placements
Employers creating 29 or fewer job placements must partner with an existing Kickstart gateway, such as a local authority, charity, or trade body. You will need to tell them how your job placements will support young people to become more employable. Find out more.
Offering 30 or more job placements
Employers creating 30 or more job placements can apply themselves to the Kickstart scheme. You must include detail on how your job placements will support young people to become more employable. Find out more.
Alongside the Job Support Scheme and numerous other support schemes for employers, it is important that payroll teams are aware of the technicalities to lead to a successful claim. If you need support in these areas, please contact us.
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