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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.

Register for the events on Eventbrite

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