New scheme to create jobs for young people

Young delegates

The government is seeking employers to join its new £2 billion Kickstart scheme to create new jobs for young people.

The scheme is part of the government’s Plan for Jobs and aims to create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised fixed-term jobs for young people across the country.

The roles will be for six months and are open to those aged 16-24 who are claiming universal credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

The funding available for each newly created job will cover 100 per cent of the relevant National Minimum Wage for a minimum of 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. £1500 per job is also available for setup costs, support, and training.

Funding is available following a successful application process and applications must be for a minimum of 30 jobs. Employers can provide the roles all at the same time or can stagger these between November 2020 and December 2021. Employers unable to offer this many job roles can partner with other organisations to reach the minimum number.

Applications are being accepted now from employers or groups of employers. Review the guidance for employers for further information and submit an application on the government website.

If you are applying on behalf of a group of employers, you can receive £300 to support with the associated administrative costs of bringing together these employers.

Kickstart is not an apprenticeship, but participants may move on to an apprenticeship at any time.

If you have any questions or queries regarding the Kickstart scheme please contact

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