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How the UK Government Kickstart Scheme Works

The COVID-19 pandemic this year has caused so much uncertainty throughout 2020 within the UK job market. Taking steps to remedy this, the UK Government has taken steps to ensure the younger side of the UK workforce will still have options available to them when entering the job hunt. This has culminated in the creation of the government's new ‘Kickstart Scheme'.

The UK Government’s Kickstart Scheme has been created to provide funding to help create new job roles and opportunities for people aged 16 to 24 years old who are currently looking at the prospect of being unemployed long term while living on Universal Credit. 

Employers and businesses of most sizes will be able to take advantage of this scheme. This is providing they can provide 30 job placements for candidates. 

However, if your company can’t provide a minimum of 30 job placements you will be able to use a Kickstart gateway.

You can check here for assistance with finding a Kickstart gateway.

Klickstarters Kickstart Program Meeting

Advantages of the Kickstart Scheme

What financial contributions will the government be making towards businesses through the Kickstart scheme:

  • 100% of the National Minimum Wage or  National Living wage for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months
  • Associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • Employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

The advantages for candidates are:

  • You will gain help in looking for long-term work, including experience, career advice and an understanding of how your industry works
  • Help with your CV and interview experiences
  • Support in developing your basic business skills, workplace communication, working within a team, time management and task delegation and more

In addition to this, eligible candidates can start at any date between now and December 2021, giving you just over 12 months to take advantage of the scheme.

How to apply

The easiest and quickest way to apply is directly through the government gateway here.

However, before you can apply you will need to make sure you have all of the relevant information to hand. This information consists of:

  • Your Companies House reference number, Charity Commission number or Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator number
  • Your business/organisation address and contact details
  • details of the Kickstart Scheme job placements and their location
  • Information showing that your job placements are new jobs and meet the Kickstart criteria
  • Information about the support the organisation can give to develop your new Kickstart staff employability skills 


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