Giving youngsters a Kickstart in work

If you are an employer looking to create jobs for young people, you can now apply online for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme.

Employers of all sizes can apply for the grant to create jobs for 16-to-24-year-olds on Universal Credit.

The government funding covers 100 per cent 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 six months.

It also covers associated employer national insurance contributions and minimum automatic enrolment pension contributions.

Employers can spread the job start dates up until December 31, 2021. They will get funding until June 30, 2022, if a young person starts their job on December 31, 2021.

Further funding is available to provide support so that young people on the scheme can get a job in the future.

Thousands of employers, across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, have already applied for funding.

You can apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant by either applying online yourself or through a Kickstart ‘gateway’ who is already working with the scheme.

A Kickstart gateway can be any type of organisation, such as a local authority, charity or trade body.

They will act as an intermediary and apply for funding on your behalf. They may also provide employability support to the young people in the job.

The jobs created with Kickstart Scheme funding must be new jobs. They must not:

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

The jobs must:

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

For each job you must help the young person become more employable. This could include:

• looking for long-term work, including career advice and setting goals
• support with curriculum vitae (CV) and interview preparations
• developing their skills in the workplace

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