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Generalised FAQ relating to the Kickstart Scheme

FAQ relating to the Kickstart Scheme application process.

FAQ relating to the Kickstart Scheme placements.

What is the Kickstart Scheme?

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds.
The government has introduced a new Kickstart Scheme in Great Britain, a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements aimed at those aged 16 to 24 who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long term unemployment.
Funding available for each job will cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

Wages Paid

Covering the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

Additional Support

Support young people to develop new skills and to help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart funded job.

16-24 year olds

Initially prioritising young people aged between 16 and 24 who are in in receipt of universal credit andready for an opportunity, supported by their Jobcentre Plus work coach to enrol in the scheme.

Talent Pool

Through the scheme, employers will be able to access a pool of young people with potential, ready for an opportunity.

Who can apply for funding

Any organisation, regardless of size, can apply for funding.
The job placements created with Kickstart funding must be new jobs. They must not:
  • replace existing or planned vacancies
  • cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment
The roles you are applying for must be:
  • a minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months
  • paid at least the National Minimum Wage for their age group
  • should not require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement
Each application should include how you will help the participants to develop their skills and experience, including:
  • support to look for long-term work, including career advice and setting goals
  • support with CV and interview preparations
  • supporting the participant with basic skills, such as attendance, timekeeping and teamwork
Once a job placement is created, it can be taken up by a second person once the first successful applicant has completed their 6-month term.