Give your business a boost with the Kickstart scheme

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 means that businesses can now submit a claim for funding even if they are creating just a single new position for an eligible candidate.

This has opened 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 and an employer’s minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

The job placement created must not replace existing or planned vacancies or cause existing employees, apprentices or contractors to lose work or reduce their working hours.

Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021. So, businesses must make full use of this scheme before it ends.

This is part of a wider package of incentives and grants being offered by the Government to encourage employers to hire new apprentices, more information on this can be found here.

As you can see from our own experience, apprentices can play an important role in the growth and success of your business. To find out how we can help you with the Kickstart and other apprenticeship schemes, please speak to our grant funding team.