The Kickstart Scheme Launches

The £2 billion Kickstart Scheme is launched to employers with the aim of boosting employment for young people in England, Scotland and Wales. The scheme is part of the government's plan for jobs which aims to create thousands of 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.

To support the young person 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. Additional funding will also be available to cover additional and to help the employer support the young person to move into sustained employment after their placement has completed. 

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “This isn’t just about kickstarting our country’s economy – it is an opportunity to kickstart the careers of thousands of young people who could otherwise be left behind as a result of the pandemic.”

 “The scheme will open the door to a brighter future for a new generation and ensure the UK bounces back stronger as a country.”

For more information on the Kickstart Scheme, click here

 

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