Kickstart Scheme Updates

2 February, 2021

Since September 2020 the government have run their flagship 'Kickstart Scheme' to help people aged 16-24 years old into the workplace.

It has been proven via the previous financial crisis; as discussed in a previous blog from our National Business Development Manager Martin Renwick, the economic impact of this pandemic on workers in this age range will be severe and could affect their long term economic standing.

Because of this the government launched the 'Kickstart Scheme' which financially rewards businesses for creating brand new roles for those applicable and providing training to leave them in good stead for the future.

Previously the scheme had only been open to those who could offer thirty job placements, meaning companies that did not have this capacity had to join up with others in order to offer the minimum threshold of jobs.

On the 25th of January this threshold was relaxed which makes it even easier, especially for independent businesses, to create and advertise these Kickstart job roles which in turn means the scheme will be able to benefit more young people and more businesses.

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Thérèse Coffey said of the change:

Kickstart has moved up a gear and I encourage employers to join us and invest in the next generation of talent by joining our Kickstart scheme. By removing the threshold of a minimum of 30 jobs for direct applications, we are making it even simpler to get involved.

Thérèse Coffey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

So far more than 120,000 jobs have been created through the scheme and with employers being able to spread the start date of the job placements until the end of December 2021 this scheme could provide much needed support both to young people and to businesses as they recover from the pandemic.

Full details of the Kickstart Scheme can be found here:

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