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Kickstart Scheme

October 14, 2020

The Kickstart Scheme has been launched by the government to pay for 6-month job placements for 16 to 24 year olds who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

This is a fantastic opportunity for young people. The Blandford Business Support group would like to work together with local businesses to offer placements. A Kickstart Scheme application must be for a minimum of 30 job placements. Any one employer can offer more than one placement, but to apply as a group of employers the group would need to have 30 placements to offer between them.

The job placements must be new jobs. They cannot replace existing or planned vacancies or cause existing employees to lose or reduce their employment.
The roles must:
• be for a minimum of 25 hours per week for 6 months;
• pay at least the National Minimum Wage for their age group; and
• not require extensive training before starting the placement.
The applications need to include details of how you will help the participant develop their skills and experience, such as support with attendance, timekeeping, teamwork, preparing a CV and setting goals.

The government pay for 100% of the relevant national minimum wage for 25 hours plus the associated national insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. Go to for more details.

If you are interested and feel you are in a position to offer a young person a fantastic opportunity to kickstart their life then please contact Kay on 01258 840306 or

Last modified: October 14, 2020

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