What is the Kickstart Scheme?

The Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion fund focused on creating hundreds of thousands of high quality 6 month work placements for young people. Through the scheme, a new job for a young person (aged 16-24) could be fully funded by the government, including wages, National Insurance contributions, and even an additional incentive to cover costs.

Key Facts

  • The Kickstart Scheme is available to employers creating a new opportunity/job placement for a young person (aged 16-24).
  • Wages are paid through the scheme at 25 hours per week for 6 months at National Minimum Wage (you can offer more hours and offer higher than NMW if you wish).
  • You can receive a grant of up to £1500 (to cover admin, training and set up costs including new equipment).

How does the funding work?

You will pay individuals on the Kickstart job placements through your usual PAYE/payroll processes, and you will be reimbursed from month 3 of the job placement start date. Reimbursements are paid in two instalments at months 4 and 7.

Are there any other requirements?

  • The Kickstart Scheme is meant for new jobs only. They must not replace existing or planned vacancies, and cannot cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment.
  • The job role must be at least 25 hours a week, and should not require people to undertake
    extensive training before they begin.
  • You will work with us to develop the candidate’s skills and experience, aimed at helping them obtain long-term employment.

What is the process, and how do I register my interest?

  1. Contact us on 01246 278931, email info@apprenticeteam.co.uk, or fill in the contact form below.
  2. We will work with you to create a job placement specification detailing the duties of the role.
  3. We will complete the application on your behalf and provide employability, training and administrative supports.
  4. Job Centre coaches will select suitable candidates that are eligible (those in receipt of Universal Credit referred by Job Centre Plus).
  5. We will screen candidates that best match the profile and arrange interviews based on your selection.

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