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Kickstart Scheme

The objective

The government is introducing a new Kickstart Scheme to fund the direct creation of high quality jobs for young people at the highest risk of long- term unemployment. It will give young people the chance to build their confidence and skills in the workplace, and to gain experience that will improve their chances of going on to find long- term, sustainable work.

How it works
The government will launch the new Kickstart Scheme in Great Britain, a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements aimed at those aged 16-24 who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long-term unemployment.
Funding available for each job will cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

The benefits
For each ‘Kickstarter’ job, the government will:
Cover the cost of 25 hours’ work a week at the National Minimum Wage
£4.55 for under 18s
£6.45 for 18 to 20-year-olds
£8.20 for 21 to 24-year-olds
Employers will also be able to top up that payment if they wish

How we can support employers with the KickStart Scheme

  • Acting as a gateway provider 
  • Helping employers to understand & access funding
  • Preparing candidates for job applications & interviews
  • Providing a dedicated 1:1 learning mentor for KickStart employees 
  • Delivering relevant & flexible training courses 
  • Focusing on KickStart employee retention & progression

This scheme will sit alongside a guaranteed foundation of support through an expanded Youth Offer delivered through the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP), providing a range of targeted support to help young people find lasting work.

To learn more about the Kickstart Scheme or to sign-up, contact Rachel.Juniper@acorntraining.co.uk / 07495 913 007

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