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The Kickstart scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds

Kickstart is a new government scheme that provides financial support to employers who offer 16-24-year-olds six-month work placements.

The government covers placement salaries to the national minimum wage for 25 hours per week, as well as employers national insurance payments and minimum auto-enrolment pension contributions. The government also provides up to £1,500 per placement to help cover costs and training expenses. 

The scheme is open to any business or voluntary sector organisation, whatever the size or sector and will run until 30th June 2022 (the last date a placement can start is 31st December 2021). Businesses taking fewer than 30 placements must apply through a ‘gateway’ provider (such as CRATE and Project Zero WF), who will process the application and can provide a range of support services for the duration of the placement.

All jobs must be new ones. They must not replace existing furloughed and contract staff or fill roles which have already been advertised or planned. Placements can be advertised by businesses, as well as by the Job Centre Plus.

Placements require a summary job description setting out the role expectations. Placements can be located at business premises and/or incorporate remote working, if suitable support and management structures are in place.

The work placement must provide participants with support and training to help them develop the skills and experience to find work after completing the scheme. Our placement services will use the CRATE Boost:ed workshops and support programme, developed to ensure participants have access to the very best enterprise training resources.

Employers are free to take young people on at the end of the placement or convert the role to an apprenticeship. Once a placement is created, it can be taken up by a second person after the first applicant has completed their six-months.

Wages can be topped-up by businesses above the national minimum wage (£6.45 per hour for 18-20 year-olds and £8.20 for 21-24 year-olds), as can hours over the 25 hours minimum.

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