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£2bn Kickstart programme

The government has launched a £2bn Kickstart programme aimed at helping young people into work as the labour market remains strangled by the coronavirus pandemic.

Under the scheme, employers will be able to offer young people on Universal Credit state-subsidised work placements for six months.

Businesses are able sign up to use the scheme from 2 September, with the state also paying employers £1,500 to set up support and training for people on a Kickstart placement.

The government will pay 100% of the National Minimum Wage dependent on age, National Insurance and pension contributions for 25 hours a week for those on the scheme.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said:” the programme, which aims to create thousands of new roles nationwide, will help youngsters aged between 16-24 who could be left behind following the crisis.”

The scheme, which will be delivered by the Department for Work and Pensions, will initially be open until December 2021.

Further information can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-you-can-apply-for-a-grant-through-the-kickstart-scheme

 

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