Kickstart Scheme

Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds.

Published 2 September 2020
Last updated 8 September 2020 — see all updates
From: Department for Work and Pensions
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Guidance about the Kickstart Scheme for employers

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

This is part of the government’s Plan for Jobs and aims to create hundreds and thousands of new, fully funded jobs across England, Scotland and Wales. The first placements are likely to be available from November.

Funding will cover for each job placement:

100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
the associated employer National Insurance contributions
employer minimum automatic enrolment 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 Scheme funded job.

Young people can find out more about the Kickstart Scheme at the jobhelp site.

This collection includes:

guidance for employers and representatives of employers on how to apply for the grant
contact details for the Kickstart Scheme
promotional materials that supporters of the scheme can use in their communications