Kickstart Scheme


The Kickstart Scheme launched by the government in Sept 2020, has been implemented to provide funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24-year olds. This is part of the governments plan for jobs and aims to create thousands of new, funded roles across the country, starting as early as November 2020.

Creating New Professional Roles

North West Skills Academy, our sister company are acting as a consortium employer and we have joined them to create new professional roles to support the scheme along with several employers in our supply chain. The government request that each employer or group of employers have a minimum of 30 placements that run from Nov 2020 to Dec 2021. 

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding directly to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

Funding will cover for each job placement:

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

There will also be extra funding to support young people to build their experience and help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart Scheme funded job.You as the employer can pay your placement more than the minimum wage and place them full time if required.

If you would like to be part of this scheme, whether it is one vacancy or more please get in touch so we can discuss further:

Further details can be found here


Sam Riley
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