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Kickstart Scheme- Update January 2021

The Kickstart Scheme, a ground-breaking initiative to support 16-24 year olds into work, is being run by the Government. You can find further information on how to sign up for the Scheme here. Currently there is

All employers, irrespective of size and sector can offer any young person, claiming Universal Credit, a six-month work placement that will be paid for by government. The Kickstart Scheme will be delivered by the Department for Work and Pensions and will initially be open until December 2021, with the option of being extended.

CareTrade are  very interested in talking to any employers that are interested in working with us to employ autistic staff on this scheme, even if you  are a small business. We are offering a role within CareTrade (more info to follow)

‘Kickstart’ jobs must be new and of good quality. Government will pay 100% of the age-relevant National Minimum Wage, National Insurance and pension contributions for 25 hours a week.

More than 120,000 jobs for 16 to 24 year olds have now been created through the government’s flagship Kickstart Scheme, as ministers have urged more employers to get involved, but fewer than 2,000 young people have so far started new roles under the government’s £2bn Kickstart jobs scheme, data shows. We want to increase this especially for the Neurodiverse community.

Employers will be able to top up this wage, while the Government will also pay employers £1500 to set up support and training for people on a Kickstart placement, as well as helping pay for uniforms and other set up costs.

For more information please contact Judith Kerem at [email protected]

More information for employers on the scheme is available at GOV.UK.


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