Guidance has been issued for employers looking to create job placements for young people, and apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme.
The government launched the new £2bn Kickstart Scheme next month to help encourage employers to create job placements for young people who are at risk of long-term unemployment.
Under the Kickstart scheme, announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, employers can offer young people aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit a six-month work placement.
In return, the government said it will fully fund each job – paying 100% of the age-relevant National Minimum Wage, National Insurance and pension contributions for 25 hours a week.
Employers will be able to top up this wage, while the government will also pay employers £1500 to set up support and training for people on a Kickstart placement, as well as helping pay for uniforms and other set up costs.
A Kickstart Scheme application must be for a minimum of 30 job placements. Click here for details.
If a single employer cannot provide this, they can apply via a Kickstart gateway. The scheme applies in England, Scotland and Wales. Click here for details.