Support for businesses - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

CLOSED - Kickstart Scheme

This scheme has now closed.

The scheme provides funding to employers to create new six month job placements for people aged between 16 and 24 who are claiming universal credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

The funding covers each job placement at a national minimum wage for 25 hours a week, as well as national insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

There is also £1,500 available for each job placement, to help with setup costs, support and training.

Employers can spread the job start dates up until 31 March 2022. You’ll get funding for 6 months once the young person has started their job.

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