The government has introduced a new Kickstart Scheme in Great Britain, a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements aimed at those aged 16 to 24 who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long term unemployment.
Funding available for each job will cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.
- Any organisation, regardless of size, can apply for funding.
- The job placements created with Kickstart funding must be new jobs.
They must not:
- Replace existing or planned vacancies
- Cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment
- Require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement
The roles you are applying for must be:
- A minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months paid at least the National Minimum Wage for their age group.
- Each application should include how you will help the participants to develop their skills and experience, including:
- Support to look for long-term work, including career advice and setting goals
- Support with CV and interview preparations
- Supporting the participant with basic skills, such as attendance, timekeeping, and teamwork