The Kickstart Scheme has been launched by the UK government to create a number of new 6-month paid job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. The job placements are aimed at supporting the participants to develop the skills and experience they need to find permanent work after completing the scheme.
Funding is available for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. There is also a grant of £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and employability training.
Employment Support is part of Bristol City Council’s Employment, Skills and Learning Team.