24th February 2021

Kickstart Scheme axes 30-job minimum requirement

Employers no longer need a minimum of 30 job placements to access the government’s Kickstart Scheme, enabling SMEs to apply directly.

Announced by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak last summer, the Kickstart Scheme grant provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24-year-olds on Universal Credit, with the government committing an initial £2bn to the programme.

The employer initiative, run by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), creates six-month paid work placements for young people at risk of long-term unemployment as a result of the pandemic.

Previously, companies were required to have a minimum of 30 job placements in order to access the scheme – a requirement which excluded many small businesses from applying directly.

However, as of 3 February 2021, the cap of 30 placements has been scrapped, allowing businesses to apply online or continue to get help from a Kickstart gateway already working with the scheme.

Read more about The Kickstart Scheme here. For a comparison of the Kickstart Scheme as against other Work Placement schemes (Kickstart Scheme, Apprenticeships, Traineeships and the new T-Levels) please see here.