Kickstart job placement scheme

Kickstart is the UK Government scheme providing funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for 16 to 24-year-olds who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

Funding covers:

  • 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
  • The associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • Employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

There is also additional funding to support the young person to develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the placement.

In Aberdeenshire

We will bid for placements on behalf of Aberdeenshire businesses and charities and help with skills and training support throughout the six-month placement.

Rules of the roles

Roles should be a minimum of 25 hours a week for six months and pay at least the National Minimum Wage for the person's age group.

The roles shouldn't require people to undertake extensive training before they begin and they must be new jobs, not replacing an existing job or planned vacancy or cause an existing employee or contractor to lose or reduce their employment.

Each six-month placement would be provided from November 2020 onwards and finish by December 2021.

How to apply for the scheme

If you are able to offer one or more job placements then please complete our Kickstart in Aberdeenshire Survey and we will be in touch to discuss the details.

Kickstart in Aberdeenshire survey

If you are looking to offer 30 placements or more, you can apply directly to the UK Government.

Additional business support

View details of all available business support.

Contact us

Contact our Employment Support Team for tailored support in getting a job and preparing for work by calling 01467 533058 or email