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Kickstart scheme

Can you offer a young person a fully funded job placement to Kickstart their career?

The Kickstart scheme is a £2 billion government funded campaign that aims to provide support for young people seeking employment across all industries and sectors. The scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 - 24-year-olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment.

Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which provides:

  • A £1,500 payment to help with associated costs for hosting the placement
  • 100% funding of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum auto-enrolment pension contributions
  • employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021.

The job placements must not:

  • replace existing or planned vacancies
  • cause existing employees, apprentices, or contractors to lose work or reduce their working hours.

The job placements must:

  • be a minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months
  • pay at least the National Minimum Wage or the National Living Wage for the employee’s age group
  • only require basic training.

Each job placement needs to help the young person become more employable.

Employers can find out more information - email kickstart@royalgreenwich.gov.uk or call 07872 047203 or 07525 916802