The UK government’s £2 billion Kickstart Scheme is now open for employer applications. Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the scheme as part of the Plan for Jobs in July Summer Economic Update.
The Kickstart Scheme aims to create work placements for young people. Moreover for those who are at risk of becoming unemployed for the long-term. Businesses can join the scheme, with the government paying employers £1,500 to help set up support and training.
Selected out-of-work young people will be offered six-month work placements for at least 25 hours a week. Also, the scheme will help them gain experience, skills and confidence. The scheme will be a stepping stone to further employment.
Employers will receive funding for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage (NMW) for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer national insurance contributions (NICs) and employer minimum auto-enrolment pension contributions.
The Chancellor said: ‘This isn’t just about kickstarting our country’s economy – it is an opportunity to kickstart the careers of thousands of young people who could otherwise be left behind as a result of the pandemic.
‘The scheme will open the door to a brighter future for a new generation and ensure the UK bounces back stronger as a country.’
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