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The Kickstart Programme is a scheme that was introduced by the UK Government to help employers looking to create up to 29 jobs for younger people by providing funding.
A young person is defined as a 16-24 year old, and they must be on Universal Credit without decent prospect of long-term employability in order to be able to qualify. The scheme is open for employers of all sizes, and they must be able to create placements that last for a 6-month period.
Further funding may be available once the placement period is up in order to aid the young person with their transition into a sustained term of employment.
All jobs created under the Kickstart scheme must be new jobs; they cannot replace existing vacancies, nor planned and upcoming vacancies.
The placements must not cause any current staff or contractors to lose their positions or suffer reduced hours.
As a minimum, the job placements proposed must each last for 6 months, with a minimum of 25-hours per week.
The placement must only require basic training, nothing deemed as specialist.
The placement must be paying at least the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage that corresponds to the age of the person(s) being employed.