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Guidance issued on Kickstart job placement scheme

Chancellor at work Feb 20

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.

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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.

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