Get funding to employ a young person

Published Wednesday 4 November 2020

Would you like to help a young person take their first step into work?

Could your business do with an extra pair of hands to help out?

Kickstart scheme

Harborough District Council is encouraging businesses to apply now for the national Kickstart scheme which provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit.

The scheme is part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs, announced in July 2020, and aims to create thousands of new, fully-funded, and paid work placements across England, Scotland and Wales.

Young people nationally have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic as it impacts on the UK economy; the Kickstart scheme aims to prevent widespread unemployment and help young people find work.

Businesses can apply for funding to create new six-month job placements for young people on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

For each job placement, funding will cover:

  • 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
  • the associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

There is also £1,500 per job placement available for set-up costs, support, and training.

Cllr Phil King, Leader of Harborough District Council said: “There are potentially hundreds of young people in the district who could benefit from this scheme at this challenging time. Businesses can take on a temporary member of staff that is fully-funded by the Government. Not only will it help that young person gain valuable experience it will hugely benefit businesses which can utilise the skills they bring, whether it is digital skills, for example, or just being an extra pair of hands to help out.”

Employers offering less than 30 placements need to apply through an intermediary who will act as a gateway and apply on behalf of a group of organisations. The Harborough Innovation Centre is acting as an intermediary for employers in the Harborough District.

To find out more about the scheme and how to apply through the Harborough Innovation Centre, visit the Kickstart webpage or email