Kickstart Scheme funding for employers to create new six month job placements for young people (16-24)

Voluntary Action Merthyr Tydfil (VAMT) in association with BAVO and Interlink RCT, will be taking on an intermediary role in the implementation of the Kickstart Programme on behalf of local third sector organisations/community groups within the regions of Merthyr Tydfil, Bridgend and Rhondda Cynon Taf.  An intermediary needs a minimum of 30 opportunities to submit.

The Department for Works & Pensions has launched the Kickstart Scheme to provide funding to employers to create new six month job placements for young people (16-24) who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

For each job placement funding is available to 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 will also be extra funding to support young people to build their experience and progress into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart Scheme funded job placement.

The Kickstart Scheme job placements must be:

  • six months;
  • At least 25 hours per week;
  • Paying at least the National Minimum wage through PAYE;
  • Paying the statutory employer duties for the health, safety and welfare for young people, National Insurance and pension contributions;
  • Include support for young people to help them get work after they finish their Kickstart Scheme job placement.

More information is available by visting

If you would like to provide a job placement(s) opportunity as part of the Kickstart Scheme, please complete their application form here and return to    

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