In August 2020, the government announced the Kickstart Scheme, a UK-wide initiative to support young unemployed people aged 16-24. The scheme provides funding for employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.
Companies participating in the scheme were paid between £1,500 and £2,000 to employ workers aged 16-24 in entry-level roles or on apprenticeship programmes. In February 2021 this amount was increased to £3,000.
Rishi Sunak, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, has announced extensions to Kickstart as well as other cash incentives, as part of a UK job support package worth £500 million. Previously expected to finish in December 2021, Kickstart will now continue until 31st March 2022, to allow for further recruitment and give organisations plenty of additional time to make funding claims.
In a statement to Parliament on 4th October, Rishi Sunak said: "The job is not done yet and I want to make sure our economy is fit for the future and that means providing the support and skills people need to get into work and get on in life."
Kickstart was launched with £2 billion and the target to create and fill 250,000 jobs by the end of 2021. This new extension means applications for funding will continue to be accepted until Friday 17th December 2021.
If your organisation is creating more than 30 job placements as part of the Kickstart Scheme, you can submit your application directly but for fewer than 30 job placements you cannot apply directly. You must partner with other organisations (an intermediary) in order to create a minimum of 30 job placements before applying. If you would like HAE EHA to take on the role of your intermediary if you have fewer than 30 vacancies please get in touch with our Training Project Lead Alan Wemyss on 0121 380 4615.