Kickstart scheme

If you're an employer

You can get funding through the Kickstart Scheme to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment.

It covers 100% of the National Minimum Wage of National Living Wage (depending on the employees’ age), your National Insurance contributions and minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

We offer a free service to small and medium sized businesses and public sector organisations to help them benefit from the scheme.

To register with Kickstart Essex, email kickstartessex@essex.gov.uk

You can find out more about the Kickstart Scheme on GOV.UK.

If you're a young person

If you're aged 16 to 24, jobs are now available through the Kickstart scheme.

Speak to your work coach for help with applying or visit the Kickstart website to find out more.

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