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Kickstart Scheme

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

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.

‘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.

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.

CareTrade are interested in talking to any employers that are interested in working with us to employ autistic staff on this scheme, ideally if you are a small business that cannot offer 30 roles in your own workplace.

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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