Kickstart scheme

Businesses across the UK can sign up to be part of the governments landmark £2 billion Kickstart scheme. Businesses can take part on their own or can group together with others to do so.

This scheme has been designed to ensure young people at risk of long-term unemployment have an opportunity to begin a quality, government-subsidised job, helping to develop their skills and spur the country’s economic recovery after the coronavirus pandemic.

Under the scheme, employers that sign up will be able to offer those aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit a fully funded six-month work placement.

The Government will pay 100% of the age-relevant National Minimum Wage, National Insurance and pension contributions for 25 hours a week, which the employer can top up if they choose to. In addition, the Government will also pay the employer £1500 for each young person they take on, to support any training or associated costs such as uniforms that they might incur when setting up the scheme.

The scheme will initially be open until December 2021, but there is the option for it to be extended. Young people will be referred into the new roles through their Jobcentre Plus work coach with the first Kickstarts expected to begin at the start of November.

For more information about the scheme please visit : www.gov.uk/government/collections/kickstart-scheme