Financially supporting Job Opportunities for Young Adults – The Kickstart Scheme, February 202019-Feb-2021
The Kickstart Scheme is designed to create thousands of quality 6-month job placements for young people aged 16-24, who are claiming Universal Credit.
Announced last year, The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) launched the £2 Billion funded scheme to create six-month work placements for young people across the UK. Employers can use the Kickstart scheme to create new six-month job placements for young people that are currently on benefits, as well as those at risk of long-term unemployment.
Through the scheme, employers will be able to access a large pool of young people with potential, ready for an opportunity, and the Government will initially prioritise young people aged between 16 and 24 who are ready for an opportunity and will be supported by their Jobcentre Plus work coach to enrol in the scheme.
The Government says for each employment placement they will pay:
- 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
- The associated employer National Insurance contributions
- Employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions
Employers will also receive £1,500 per placement to recognise the investment they will make to develop the Kickstart employee, which could be used to cover training or other development costs.
DWP says job opportunities will be advertised through the Job Centre and Job Coaches will provide interview applicants for each post, focusing on those young people most at risk of long-term unemployment.