The Kickstart Scheme, a ground-breaking initiative to support 16-24-year-olds into work, has been launched by the Government today. You can find further information on how to sign up for the Scheme here.
All employers, irrespective of size and sector can offer any young person, claiming Universal Credit, a six-month work placement that will be paid for by the government. The Kickstart Scheme will be delivered by the Department for Work and Pensions and will initially be open until December 2021, with the option of being extended.
‘Kickstart’ jobs must be new and of good quality. UK Government will pay 100% of the age-relevant National Minimum Wage, National Insurance, and pension contributions for 25 hours a week.
Employers will be able to top up this wage, while the Government will also pay employers £1500 to set up support and training for people on a Kickstart placement, as well as helping pay for uniforms and other set-up costs.
More information for employers on the scheme is available at GOV.UK.