If you think you can help young people who are currently at risk of long-term unemployment get the experience they need then the Kickstart Scheme is for you.
The Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion UK Government fund designed to create 6 month job placements for 16 – 24 year olds. Employers of all sizes can apply for the funding which covers 100% of the national minimum wage, national insurance and pension contributions for 25 hours per week. Additional hours can be added to the placements at the employer’s discretion and expense. A £1,500 payment is also available to help with initial training and set up costs.
The jobs created with Kickstart Scheme funding must be new jobs. They must not:
- replace existing or planned vacancies
- cause existing employees, apprentices or contractors to lose work or reduce their working hours
The jobs must:
- be a minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months
- pay at least the National Minimum Wage or the National Living Wage for the employee’s age group
- only require basic training
For each job you must help the young person become more employable. This could include:
- looking for long-term work, including career advice and setting goals
- support with curriculum vitae (CV) and interview preparations
- developing their skills in the workplace