In the July Economic Statement, as part of his Plan for Jobs, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that a new Kickstart Scheme would shortly be launched with the aim of creating hundreds of quality jobs for young people aged between 16 and 24 years old. The details of the scheme have been slow coming, but it has now been confirmed that the first placements are likely to be available from November.
What is Kick Start Scheme?
To help younger workers find employment during the pandemic, the government has launched a £2bn ‘Kickstart’ scheme – which will provide hundreds of thousands of new jobs to those in this demographic.
These jobs will be in the form of work placements, which aim to help young people build up their skills and experience levels, and be a steppingstone into further employment.
Selected out-of-work young people will be offered six-month work placements for at least 25 hours a week to help them gain experience, skills and confidence. The scheme is designed to be a steppingstone to further employment.
Employers will receive funding for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage (NMW) for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer national insurance contributions (NICs) and employer minimum auto-enrolment pension contributions.
Who is eligible for the Kickstart scheme?
The Kickstart scheme is specifically designed for those aged between 16 and 24, who are currently claiming Universal Credit, and may be at risk of long-term unemployment.
It’s being run by the DWP, so your local Jobcentre will be able to run you through the specific criteria, and help you find out whether or not you’re eligible.
How does the Kickstart scheme work?
The government will cover 100% of minimum wage for these workers, up to a maximum of 25 hours per week. They’ll also cover National Insurance payments and any pension contributions.
Your employer will be able to top-up your wage, if this is an option.
How long does the Plan last?
Kickstart placements can last for a period of up to six months, depending on the need of the employer.
The scheme will operate until at least December 2021.
‘This isn’t just about kickstarting our country’s economy – it is an opportunity to kickstart the careers of thousands of young people who could otherwise be left behind as a result of the pandemic.
‘The scheme will open the door to a brighter future for a new generation and ensure the UK bounces back stronger as a country.’
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