The Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements for young people aged 16-24, who are claiming Universal Credit. Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce is working alongside the British Chambers of Commerce and is a recognised intermediary in coordinating business responses.
Businesses of all sizes* looking to create quality jobs for young people can apply to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. The job placements should support the participants to develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the scheme.
The Government will fund 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. In addition, businesses taking on a Kickstart candidate can apply for £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.
The pandemic has caused disruption to many businesses and individuals, who, through no fault of their own, find themselves without meaningful employment.
*The Kickstart Scheme is currently not available to non-incorporated businesses such as Sole Traders.