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Kickstart Scheme and Apprenticeships

Kickstart Scheme and Apprenticeships

What is it? 

A total of £1.6 billion will be invested in scaling up employment support schemes, training and apprenticeships.  

The £2bn Kickstart Scheme will pay employers to create new jobs for 16 to 24-year olds at risk of long-term unemployment.  

Who is it for? 

Businesses that create jobs for those aged 16-24, claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment, will be eligible. 

How does it work? 

Funding will be available for each six-month job placement. It will cover 100% of the National Minimum Wage for six months, plus an amount to cover overheads, as long as these jobs are new and offer a minimum of 25 hours per week of work. Employers will be able to top this wage up. 

Businesses will be given £3,000 for each new apprentice they hire irrespective of age, between 1st April 2021 and 30th September 2021. This is in addition to the existing £1,000 payment the Government already provides for new 16-18-year-old apprentices and those aged under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan. 

What should I do next? 

Critchleys Clients: If you have specific questions, please contact your Critchleys Accountant directly. Further information is available at


First Published 9 July 2020
Last Updated 3 March 2021

3 March 2021
April 2021 and 30th September 2021.

9 July 2020
First published.

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Sean Lovett

Sean Lovett

Sean is our Lead HR Advisor in our HR team

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