MP calls on employers to sign up to Kickstart

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Moorlands MP Karen Bradley has urged companies to join the Government’s £2bn Kickstart Scheme, which has already created more than 120,000 jobs across the UK.

The scheme is designed to give young people at risk of long-term unemployment an opportunity by creating high-quality, Government-subsidised jobs.

Introduced as part of the Plan for Jobs, the scheme allows employers to offer young people aged 16 to 24 who are on universal credit a six-month work placement, fully-funded by the Government.

The Government will pay 100% of the young person’s age-relevant national minimum wage, national insurance and pension contributions for 25 hours a week, which the employer can top up if they choose to. In addition, the

Government will pay £1,500 per Kickstarter taken on to cover any associated set up costs.

From February, businesses can apply to the scheme for any number of placements, with the 30 vacancies minimum threshold removed so they can sign up directly.

Employers can still apply through one of the over 600 Kickstart gateway organisations including local authorities, charities and trade bodies, that have supported them in applying for funding for 29 or less job placements through the scheme.

Mrs Bradley Karen said: “We can put thousands of young people on the path to a brighter future, and I would urge as many employers as possible in the Moorlands to sign up.”