Government scheme provides Kickstart for job seekers

Government scheme provides Kickstart for job seekers

North Highland College UHI’s Business Development Unit have been working hard throughout the pandemic to offer a range of opportunities to local businesses and job seekers and have recently signed up to the UK Government’s Kickstart Scheme.

The scheme allows employers to offer job seekers aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit a six-month work placement.

The Government will fund each “Kickstart” job - paying 100% of the National Minimum Wage, National Insurance and pension contributions for 25 hours a week.

The Government will also pay employers £1,500 to set up support and training for people on a Kickstart placement, as well as helping pay for other set up costs such as uniforms and equipment.

The jobs will give young people the opportunity to build their skills and experience in the workplace, improving their chances of finding long-term work.

The college are already working with 15 local employers under the scheme and can offer support for placements until the end of the year. They are also able to support businesses with £5,000 worth of free training through the Flexible Workforce Development Fund.

Karen Spencer, from the Colleges Business Development Unit, said “The Kickstart scheme is a fantastic opportunity for those that wish to enter the workforce, or even change career, but have little or no experience on their CV.”

For more information on the scheme please email