The Government's new Kickstart Scheme

Posted on 22/09/2020

The Kickstart Scheme is a new £2 billion fund designed to create thousands of high quality, 6-month work placements for young people aged 16-24, who are claiming Universal Credit.

The Government will fund 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours per week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. £1,500 is also available per placement to support and train the young person. This means that for any business, of any size and operating in any sector who is looking to create quality jobs for young people, can apply to create new 6-month job placements and support the next generation through the early stages of their career to develop skills and experience.

Sussex Chamber is acting as an intermediary and will collate business placements and can help guide businesses through the process and advise on the next steps. To find out more and how to apply, visit the Sussex Chamber website here.

This Government scheme is designed to help young people whose dreams, careers and ideal jobs have been affected by COVID-19. For more information, businesses can read the full scheme details on the GOV.uk website. 

“At a time when cashflow is tight, this fully funded scheme will help employers bring young people into the workplace and develop new talent for the future.” - Jane Gratton, BCC Head of People Policy

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