KICKSTART PROGRAMME

How the Scheme Works

You can use the Kickstart Scheme to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. The job placements should support the participants to develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the scheme.

Funding is available for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. 

Kickstart is not an apprenticeship, but participants may move on to an apprenticeship at any time during, or after their job placement.

Who can apply for funding

Any organisation, regardless of size, can apply for funding.

The job placements created with Kickstart funding must be new jobs. They must not:

·       replace existing or planned vacancies

·       cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment

The roles you are applying for must be:

·       a minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months

·       paid at least the National Minimum Wage for their age group

should not require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement.


The Kickstart Scheme is available in England, Scotland and Wales.


The candidates

The government will, at least initially, prioritise young people who are ready for an opportunity and will be supported by their Jobcentre Plus work coach to enrol in the scheme. Employers will be expected to select a candidate from the pool of young people registered with the government. It is not possible for them to identify their own candidates from outside of the scheme. 

Kickstart is not an apprenticeship, but participants may move on to an apprenticeship at any time during, or after their job placement.

 
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