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Kickstart Scheme Extended

Date: 7 Oct

Government support for the Kickstart Scheme, which helps employers offer work placements to 16-24 year olds on Universal Credit will be extended to March 2022 with applications for employers remaining open until 17 December 2021.

Kickstart offers six-month work placements, in new jobs, for young people who are currently out of work and are at risk of long-term unemployment.

All of their time is spent in the workplace with in-work training to help develop transferable skills, aimed at increasing their chances of sustained employment.

Post-production company Molinare, specialising in TV, film and video games, have committed to giving more than 30 young people the opportunity of 6 month paid Kickstart placement. Utilising government incentives, Molinaire will support Kickstarters to develop the skills needed to get started in their industry.


Meanwhile, the Chancellor confirmed that the Government will continue to offer £3,000 incentive payments to employers that take on apprentices until 31 January 2022.

The incentive payment is in addition to the £1,000 employers already receive for hiring an apprentice:

  • aged 16 to 18 years old
  • aged 19 to 24 with an education, health and care plan or who has been in the care of their local authority]

The payment is different to apprenticeship levy funds, so you can spend it on anything to support your organisation’s costs. For example, on uniforms, your apprentice’s travel or their salary. You do not have to pay it back.

To receive the payment, you must submit an application for each eligible apprentice using your apprenticeship service account.