Kickstart Scheme

A £2 billion fund will offer paid, quality 6-month work placements for over 200,000 young people aged 16-24 who are on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. The government covers the national minimum wage of each placement for 25 hours a week. 

If you’re creating fewer than 30 job placements, a Kickstart gateway can act on your behalf and apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant for you.

The government will pay a £300 administration fee with each placement to Kickstart Gateway organisations who manage applications on behalf of smaller businesses.

Employers receive £1500 per placement to provide training and essential kit to the Kickstart employee.

Find out more about recruiting an unemployed person through a Kickstart Gateway by clicking here.

If you're creating more than 30 job placements you can apply directly by clicking here.

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