Funding for employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds

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What does this involve?

The UK government has introduced a Kickstart Scheme to create high-quality 6-month work placements. It is aimed at those aged 16 to 24 who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long term unemployment.

Funding available for each job will cover:

  • 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
  • associated employer National Insurance contributions 
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

If you are applying for a grant to create 30 or more jobs, you can apply directly to the Kickstart Scheme. If you are applying to create 29 or fewer jobs, you should find an existing Kickstart gateway, such as a local authority, charity or trade body, to apply on your behalf.

Am I eligible?

This is  for all businesses in Scotland, England and Wales. 

Any organisation, regardless of size, can apply for funding. The job placements created with Kickstart funding must be new jobs. They must not:

  • replace existing or planned vacancies
  • cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment

A Kickstart Scheme application must be for a minimum of 30 job placements. If your business cannot provide this many job placements, you can apply through an existing Kickstart gateway, such as a local authority, charity or trade body.

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

Businesses in Scotland which aim to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds.

Important information

The roles you are applying for must be:

  • a minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months
  • paid at least the National Minimum Wage for their age group

They should not require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement.

Each application should include how you will help the participants to develop their skills and experience, including:

  • support to look for long-term work, including career advice and setting goals
  • support with CV and interview preparations
  • supporting the participant with basic skills, such as attendance, timekeeping and teamwork

Once a job placement is created, it can be taken up by a second person once the first successful applicant has completed their 6-month term.

Next steps

Visit the UK Government website for full details, promotional material and to apply.

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