The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds.

This £2 billion programme will fund the direct creation of additional jobs for young people at risk of long-term unemployment, to improve their chances of progressing to find long-term, sustainable work.

The funding available is for each job and the Government will pay the National Minimum Wage rate for 25 hours a week for each employee, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. The fund will also award £1500 to an employer for each Kickstart job placement, to support with training the individual as well as helping pay other set-up costs. The placements on offer must be for additional job roles and not for roles that would have otherwise been advertised, or to replace an existing employee.

If you have more than 30 vacancies you can submit your application directly on-line here

If you have less than 30 vacancies, then you need to contact an intermediary who can act on your behalf. The list of intermediaries are listed on the Government website click here

You can choose which intermediary you would like to work with. When you contact them they will be able to go through the whole process with you alongside getting your vacancies registered on the scheme. The intermediary will also be able to answer any questions you may have about the scheme.