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The Kickstart Scheme is now open for Applications

Posted 09/09/2020

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has launched the Kickstart Scheme, designed to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

The Scheme is designed to create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country.

The 6-month placements are open to those aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. They will be available across a range of different sectors in England, Scotland and Wales. The first placements are likely to be available from November.

Employers will receive funding for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum auto-enrolment pension contributions.

There will also be extra funding to support young people to build their experience and help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart funded job.

If you are an employer looking to create jobs placements for young people, you can apply for funding as part of the scheme.

For more details of the scheme see:

However, employers looking to apply for funding directly must have a minimum of 30 job placements.

If you are a smaller business with less than 30 job placements, you can partner with another organisation, such as a Local Authority or Chamber of Commerce who will make a combined bid for several businesses.

Alternatively, employers can join forces with other businesses and nominate a representative to submit their application.

For more details see:

You can submit your application online and DWP aims to respond to applications within 1 month.

If your application is successful, you will receive a letter with a grant agreement. This agreement will include what your company has agreed to provide, and how much funding you will receive from the Kickstart Scheme.

For eligibility details, including how to apply, see:

Kickstart employers guide See:

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