The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new six-month jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment.
Thousands of employers across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors have already applied for funding, which covers:
- 100% of the National Minimum Wage or the National Living Wage for 25 hours per week for a total of six months
- associated employer National Insurance contributions
- minimum automatic enrolment pension contributions
- a grant of £1,500 per job to cover setup costs and employability support.
The Department for Work and Pensions is running a series of webinars to introduce employers to the benefits of the scheme. There is also an opportunity to ask questions. Webinars will be held weekly on Microsoft Teams.