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 was indeed announced by the Chancellor in July 2020 as part of his “Plan for Jobs” initiative. It is 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 will be open until December 2021, with the option of it being extended. The first placements are likely to be available from November 2020.

If you wish to take on participants, you will receive funding from the Government to cover some employment costs, including wages.

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