More than 4,000 businesses join Kickstart programme

More than 4,000 small businesses have used the Government’s Kickstart programme to take on new workers, it has been revealed.

The figures come after the initiative was launched last year to support young people most at risk of unemployment due to the global pandemic.

Under the scheme, which runs until December 2021, employers can apply for funding to cover 100 per cent of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance Contributions (NICs) and employer minimum auto-enrolment pension contributions, for young people between the age of 16 and 24.

While employers are required to top up wages if more hours are required, the Government will pay businesses £1,500 to cover set up costs and training for people on a Kickstart placement, such as uniforms and remote working equipment.

Commenting on the scheme, Work and Pensions Secretary Thérèse Coffey said: “Every job created by the Kickstart Scheme is a potentially life-changing opportunity for a young person, and the heartening response of employers shows they recognise the huge value in giving youth a chance.

“Employers from all corners of the country have signed up, creating thousands of new and interesting jobs and helping us to level up as we build back better.”

Small employers taking on less than 30 placements must apply for the scheme through an intermediary, such as a local authority, charity or trade body.

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