The Kickstart Scheme: A brief overview
The new Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements aimed at those aged 16-24 who are on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.
Under the Kickstart Scheme, the government funding will cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week for each job, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and pension costs. This will amount to approximately £6,500 for each work placement.
The government will also fund employers who provide trainees with work experience, at a rate of £1,000 per trainee. The government will improve provision and expand eligibility for traineeships to those with Level 3 qualifications and below, to ensure that more young people have access to high quality training.
There will also be a new payment of £2,000 to employers in England for each new apprentice they hire aged under 25, and a £1,500 payment for each new apprentice they hire aged 25 and over, from 1st August 2020 to 31st January 2021.
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