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Help Employers With The Kickstart Scheme (kickstart Gateway)

4th September 2021

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Information for Kickstart gateways on how to help employers with the Kickstart Scheme and how to add jobs or employers to the grant agreement.

What the scheme is
The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers:

100% of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months
associated employer National Insurance contributions
minimum automatic enrolment pension contributions
Employers can spread the job start dates up until 31 December 2021. They'll get funding until 30 June 2022 if a young person starts their job on 31 December 2021.

What is a Kickstart gateway?
A Kickstart gateway helps an employer get a Kickstart Scheme grant. They may also offer employability support to the young person on the scheme.

They already have (or are waiting on) a Kickstart Scheme grant agreement. The Kickstart gateway can add more employers and jobs to this grant agreement.

If you are a Kickstart gateway who applied for Kickstart Scheme funding before 28 January 2021 but not yet heard back, we will contact you with a decision. You do not need to apply again.

Kickstart gateways can be any type of organisation. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has performed due diligence checks on these organisations.

For full details on the Kickstart scheme go HERE