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The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment.
Employers of all sizes can apply for funding until 17 December 2021 which covers:
100% of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months.
Associated employer National Insurance contributions.
Minimum automatic enrolment pension contributions.
Employers can spread the job start dates up until 31 March 2022. You will get funding until 30 September 2022 if a young person starts their job on 31 March 2022.
Further funding is available for training and support so that young people on the scheme can get a job in the future.
Applications to the Kickstart Scheme are closing soon.
After 17 December 2021 you will not be able to:
Apply for a new Kickstart Scheme grant.
Add more jobs to an existing grant agreement.
The Department for work & pensions (DWP) will process applications submitted before this time or that are already in progress.
Click here to find out more.
Please note that this update is correct as of the 11th October 2021.