The government has just launched what it is calling its Kickstarter Scheme, aimed at creating 6 month-long work placements for young people on Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment. The idea is that the skills and experience they will develop will get them into work once they complete the scheme.
Funding is available for 100% 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 set-up costs, support and training.
The scheme benefits larger employers able to offer a minimum of 30 placements. Smaller employers can ‘join forces’ with others to get to this minimum number (and there is a little extra funding available to manage the admin burden of doing so) but the scheme has been criticised for disadvantaging smaller employers.
More details of the scheme and how to apply can be found here.