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The Kickstart Scheme explained

The new £2 billion Kickstart Scheme will create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country. Employers will create six-month placements that will be open to those aged 16-24 who are claiming universal credit.

The scheme is now open and will run until at least December 2021. Placements are fully subsidised by the government, and there is also extra funding to support young people to build their experience and help them move into sustained employment after they've completed their Kickstart-funded job. Specifically, employers will receive funding for 100% of the relevant national minimum wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer national insurance contributions and employer minimum auto-enrolment pension contributions.

The scheme is open to any employer in any industry. The placements must be new roles which have been created especially for the scheme, and must not take work away from existing (or planned) employees or contractors. More information for employers can be found from the Kickstart Employer Guide.

Why should you get involved?

Throughout 2021, we'll be offering a range of placements, from administration to mental health befrienders and handyperson assistants to digital skills trainers.

If you're interested in exploring the Kickstart placements available at Shropshire Council and experiencing what it would be like to have a career in the public sector, please ensure that you speak to your DWP work coach.

How to apply

If you've seen a placement you're interested in, please download the Kickstart application form. Complete all sections of the form and submit to apprenticeshiplevy@shropshire.gov.uk before the deadline stated on the universal credit system. If you need support in filling in the application form, just ask your work coach.

If you have any questions about the placements or any issues submitting your application form, please email us or get in contact via telephone.