The Kickstart Scheme: Are You Eligible?

The Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion plan which helps businesses get young people back into work.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said that he expects that well over 100,000 jobs will be created through the scheme, and encourages all employers to get on board with the scheme.

However, it might not be so easy for smaller businesses.

The Kickstart Scheme

Rishi Sunak’s plan is to reduce the number of people who are out-of-work due to redundancies, and the Kickstart Scheme could well be his answer to this.

The Kickstart Scheme was announced in July, and it essentially offers a 6 month placement for young people who are:

  • On Universal Credit
  • At risk of long-term unemployment

These placements must help develop skills and offer the participant experience that will be useful to them in any job they undertake after the placement.

The government then funds all of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, including National Insurance contributions and automatic enrolment contributions.

It’s essentially free workers for 25 hours a week, along with £1,500 per job to cover the set up costs, support and training.

Businesses in England, Scotland and Wales can benefit from the Scheme.

Who Is Eligible?

In order to be eligible though, your business must offer a minimum of 30 placements.

It’s possible to partner with other organisations to reach the minimum amount, however small businesses will likely struggle to meet this number.

The roles created must:

  • Be a minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months.
  • Pay the National Minimum Wage (at least) for each placement.
  • Not require them to have extensive training before starting their placement.

Each application must also outline exactly how the business will develop their skills and offer them experience.

This looks like supporting them:

  • In looking for long term work (career advice, goal setting, etc).
  • In writing their CV
  • With interview preparation.
  • To maintain good attendance, timekeeping and teamwork.

How To Apply

If your business is able to create more than 30 placements, then you can apply here.

However, if your business can’t create the full 30 placements, then you can partner with other employers that are similar to your organisation.


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