The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds.  Wakefield First will be supporting businesses to access the scheme by acting as a Kickstart representative.

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

This is part of the government’s Plan for Jobs and aims to create hundreds and thousands of new, fully funded jobs across England, Scotland and Wales. The first placements are likely to be available from November.

Funding will cover for each job placement:

  • 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
  • the associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

There will also be extra funding to support young people to build their experience and help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart Scheme funded job.

Young people can find out more about the Kickstart Scheme at the jobhelp site.
To register for the scheme, employers must meet minimum criteria as set out here. Wakefield First will be acting as a representative for businesses in the Wakefield District that are unable to register for the scheme directly (for example, if you’re creating fewer than 30 job placements) to ensure our business community has access to the service. 

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If you would like to know more about how Wakefield First can support you with Kickstart, contact marking the subject Kickstart.

You can also find out further information and access a handy Employer Guide via