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Government to fund hundreds of thousands of new jobs under landmark Kickstart scheme

The landmark Kickstart employment scheme, designed to get young people into work, is now open for applications, the Government has announced.

The £2 billion initiative – which forms part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs campaign – aims to create “hundreds of thousands” of “fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country”.

Under the scheme, employers can apply for funding to launch six-month placements for people aged 16 to 24 who are claiming Universal Credit and are at risk of long-term unemployment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Successful employers will receive funding for 100 per cent of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum auto-enrolment pension contributions. Employers will be able to top up wages, if required.

The Government will also pay employers £1,500 to cover support and training for people on a Kickstart placement, such as uniforms and other set up costs.

The smallest of businesses – defined as those offering fewer than 30 placements – will be invited to apply as a collective through an intermediary, such as a Local Authority or Chamber of Commerce.

Commenting on the initiative, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Thérèse Coffey said: “As we launch our £2 billion Kickstart programme, putting young people at the heart of our revival – we are urging businesses to get involved in this innovative scheme and take advantage of the enormous pool of potential out there.

“There is no limit on the number of opportunities we’ll open up through Kickstart and we’ll fund each one for six months as part of Our Plan for Jobs to create, support and protect jobs.”

For more business support, including making your application to the Kickstart initiative, visit www.gov.uk/government/collections/kickstart-scheme