Employers looking to grow their team should take full advantage of the ongoing Kickstart Scheme to fund the recruitment of new staff members.
An important change to the Government’s Kickstart Scheme earlier this year means that businesses no longer need a minimum of 30 job placements to apply directly for a grant and can submit a claim for funding even if they are creating just a single new position for an eligible candidate.
This opens the door to businesses of all sizes to apply for this vital funding, which is designed to support the creation of new job placements for 16 to 24-year-olds on Universal Credit, who are at risk of long-term unemployment.
Funding from the scheme covers:
- 100 per cent of a worker’s National Minimum or Living Wage (depending on the age of the applicant) for 25 hours per week for a total of six months
- The associated employer National Insurance contributions
- An employer’s minimum automatic enrolment contributions.
The job placement you create must not replace existing or planned vacancies or cause existing employees, apprentices or contractors to lose work or reduce their working hours.
To complete an application, you will need:
- Your Companies House reference number or Charity Commission number (if you have one)
- Your organisation’s address and contact details
- Details of the job placements and their location.
You can apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant online today by clicking the link below:
Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021. So, it is important that businesses make full use of this scheme before it closes later this year.