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Employer Funding for Kickstart – An Update

Kickstart

Helping employers with the Kickstart Scheme (Kickstart gateway)

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit at risk of long-term unemployment. With the economy starting to pick up again since Covid, this scheme is great for companies wanting to grow and flourish and for those that benefit from the work experience gained. Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers:

  • 100% of the National Minimum Wage or the National Living Wage depending on age of the participant for;
  • 25 hours per week for 6 months and £1,500 to support their learning
  • associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • minimum automatic enrolment pension contributions

Employers can spread the job start dates up until 31 December 2021. They’ll get funding until 30 June 2022 if a young person starts their job on 31 December 2021. There is no obligation to keep the post going after the scheme is complete, but many will go on to do so.

Updates to the scheme

There is now a link to the online application for adding more jobs or employers to your grant agreement (grant variation) of your Kickstart application.

Check out the government website links Kickstart Scheme employer prospectus and Help for employers with the Kickstart Scheme for further information.

Let’s Talk

If you need help with this application or for other business support and advice please contact team LHP. Let’s Talk.

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