Launch of the Kickstart scheme and Kickstart webinar

It cannot have escaped your notice that the government have launched the Kickstart Scheme which provides 100 percent funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24-year olds.

This £2 billion fund was set up to create hundreds of thousands of high-quality 6-month work placements aimed at those aged 16 to 24 who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long-term unemployment.

The benefit of upskilling this generation of workers is priceless as we look to recovery from the pandemic and to making the Staffordshire economy fit for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

The job placements are designed to support the participants to develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the scheme. Hopefully, many participants will prove their worth and become valued employees of their host companies.

Funding is available for 100 percent of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. There is also £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.

To help you fully understand the Kickstart Scheme and its associated benefits we are hosting a webinar at 11am on Thursday 17 September.

The webinar, presented by the Chamber’s project manager Tom Nadin will explian how the scheme works, what types of jobs are on offer, how to apply for a placement and will explain the funding model. You can book on the webinar here:

If you are interested in a Kickstart placement and can’t attend the seminar you can contact us at

If you want to talk to us about any business issues, you can call our switchboard on 01782 202222 or call the Stoke and Staffs Growth Hub Helpline on 0300 111 8002.

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