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The Kickstart Scheme

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Published 21 October 2020

What is the scheme?

The Kickstart Scheme is a new government scheme to help create jobs for young people (16 to 24) who are on Universal Credit. Any employer can apply for funding.

The costs covered by funding are:-

• 100% of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months

• associated employer National Insurance contributions

• employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions
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 an existing 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.

We do not anticipate this scheme will be especially popular amongst smaller employers due to the difficulty in orchestrating a claim.