Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new Universal Credit job placements for 16 to 24-year-olds who are at long-term unemployment risk. Employers of all sizes can apply for funding covering the following:

100 percent of the national minimum wage (or the national living wage, depending on the participant’s age) for a total of 6 months for 25 hours per week.

  • National Insurance contributions from related employers
  • Minimum automatic enrolment contributions for employers

Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021.

A Kickstart Scheme application must be for a minimum of 30 job placements. If a single employer cannot provide this many job placements, they can find a Kickstart gateway, such as a local authority, charity or trade body for help applying.

Further funding is available for training and support so that young people on the scheme can get a job in the future.

How do I apply for the Kickstart Scheme?

This will depend if you have the minimum of 30 placements needed.

If you’re creating more than 30 placements, you can apply directly.

However, if you’re creating fewer than 30 placements, you must partner with other organisations to reach the minimum number.

You could pair up with:

  • Similar employers
  • Local authorities
  • Trade bodies
  • Registered charities

What will you get out of this scheme?

Per job placement, you’ll get £1,500 financing. This is for setup costs and to help the young person develop their skills in terms of employability. If you have someone else, like your Kickstart gateway (Asmat & Co), to do some of this for you, you’ll have to agree on how you’re going to share this money.

How can Asmat & Co help?

There are a number of ways in which we may be able to help. We are a registered gateway and will be gathering a number of organisations to help them kick-start careers of our youth. If you are interested, please call us on 01753 424 968 or use our contact form. We can offer a free consultations, support and advice if you would like to avoid meeting in person.

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