Update to the Government’s Kickstart Scheme
The Government has updated its guidance on its Kickstart Scheme, which aims to provide work placements for young people on Universal Credit.
From February 3, 2021, employers will be able to apply directly to the Kickstart scheme for any number of job placements.
The threshold of a minimum of 30 job placements has now been removed. Employers can also choose to apply through a Kickstart gateway, including those supporting sole traders.
Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers:
- 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.
The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit, and was set up to tackle long-term unemployment as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Resources for the Kickstart Scheme including an employer’s toolkit can be found here