The Kickstart Scheme
Launched by Rishi Sunak in July 2020 The Kickstart scheme is a £2bn fund launched by the government to pay for six-month work placements for 16 to 24-year-olds.
Helping those who are on Universal Credit, potentially school leavers or those who have had job offers withdrawn.
The Kickstart Scheme is to help those who may fall into long term unemployment.
Funding is available for each job and will cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage. The jobs must be new jobs with a minimum of 25 hours a week. The associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions will also be included.
Employers will need to provide training and support for people to find a permanent job, with Mr Sunak saying: ‘If employers meet those conditions, we will pay young people’s wages for six months, plus an amount to cover overheads.’
Updated 3 January 2020