About Kickstart Scheme
Young people will enter a work placement with an employer and the UK Government will pay them minimum wage for 6 months. Employers will be able to top up their wages if they want to.
To be eligible for the scheme, a Universal Credit claimant aged 16-24 must be identified as being at risk of long term unemployment by their work coach at the Jobcentre Plus.
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
- minimum automatic enrolment pension contributions
Employers can spread the job start dates up until 31 December 2021. You’ll get funding until 30 June 2022 if a young person starts their job on 31 December 2021.
Further funding is available for training and support so that young people on the scheme can get a job in the future.
If you're an employer looking to create jobs for young people, you can apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme.
A Kickstart gateway helps an employer get a Kickstart Scheme grant. They may also offer employability support to the young person on the scheme.