To help create new jobs for young people, the government has launched a new Kickstart scheme.  The Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements for young people aged 16-24, who are claiming Universal Credit.


The Government will pay for each Kickstart placement, up to 100 per cent of the age-relevant National Minimum Wage and the National Insurance and pension contributions for 25 hours a week. Employers could top up the wage if they chose.

Any organisation can apply for the funding, no matter the size, but the jobs must be new roles. The scheme cannot be used to pay for existing vacancies.

Employers will also receive £1500 per placement to support the young person in their role and help them build skills and experience.  You can check to see if your roles are eligible for the scheme here.


How the scheme works

An employer creating more than 30 placements can apply directly to the government – apply here.

An employer is creating less than 30 placements, (1 to 29) will need to work with an intermediary who will act on their behalf.

Approved intermediaries supporting businesses in Hampshire include:

The government has published a Guide for Employers that explains the scheme in detail.


What happens next?

Once your application has been accepted it will be sent to your local Job Centre Plus who will arrange the posting of the vacancies and advise you on applications to the role.

You will then interview any suitable candidates. Once the vacancy is filled your intermediary will draw down the government funding and pay you directly.



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