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Fund title: Kickstart Scheme: work placements for young people

Focus of fund/fund aims:

Funding for employers to create job placements for 16-24 year olds on Universal Credit. The scheme has been revised to allow employers offering fewer than 30 placements to apply direct or through a Kickstart Gateway.

Application deadline:

Applications may be submitted at any time

Fund description:

There have been some important changes to the Kickstart Scheme. Kickstart provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16-24 year olds on Universal Credit.

Employers from all industries and across the private, public and voluntary sectors can get involved in the scheme to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. The job placements should support the participants to develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the scheme.

Funding is available for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment pension contributions. There is also £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.

Changes have been introduced to make the scheme more accessible to small businesses: employers can now apply directly to the Kickstart scheme for any number of job placements and the threshold for 30 job placements has been removed.

You can still choose to apply through a Kickstart Gateway: this will mean that you receive support throughout the application process and the wrap-around services to support the placements.  This will be especially important to smaller employers who will benefit from the support to ensure that the placements are as sustainable as possible.

There is an online service to Find a Kickstart Gateway or you can approach one of the Devon gateways:

Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce 

Exeter City Council

Kickstart Northern Devon | Barnstaple & District Chamber of Commerce Ltd

Real Ideas Organisation

Teignbridge District Council

TDA Business

Further information:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/kickstart-scheme