We want to take advantage of the Kickstart Scheme as we have heard that the Government will fully fund those aged 16–24 as “Kickstarters”. What are the details that we need to know?

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We want to take advantage of the Kickstart Scheme as we have heard that the Government will fully fund those aged 16–24 as “Kickstarters”. What are the details that we need to know?

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The Kickstart Scheme closed to new participants at midday on 17 December 2021. The funding is in place for all jobs started under the scheme up to 31 March 2022 (the Government must be notified of the role starting before 30 April 2022), with funding for six months once the young person has started their job. 

The scheme was announced by the Chancellor in July 2020 as part of his “Plan for Jobs” initiative. It was aimed at creating new high-quality jobs to help 16–24-year-old unemployed people on Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment. Applications opened on 2 September 2020 and were open until 17 December 2021, with all new jobs to be started under the scheme by 31 March 2022. The first placements were available from November 2020.

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