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Council provides young people with Kickstart to their career

Published: 23 October 2020

Kickstart Kickstart scheme helps young people gain work experience

Exeter City Council is proud to be helping local businesses support young people by providing valuable work experience.

The Council is acting as a Gateway Organisation for the Government Kickstart scheme ,which supports young people (aged 16-24) gain work experience.

Normally a company applying directly would need to offer a minimum of 30 placements to qualify for the scheme. However the City Council can apply on behalf of a company if that threshold cannot be met and the number is less than 30.

The scheme offers employers the opportunity to:

  • Create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment
  • Access funding for:
    • 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
    • the associated employer National Insurance contributions
    • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions
  • Access additional funding to support the young person to access the placement and improve their skills.

It is important to note the following criteria for the scheme;

The job placements created with Kickstart funding must be new jobs. They must not:

  • replace existing or planned vacancies
  • cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment

The roles companies apply for must be:

  • a minimum of 25 hours per week, for six months
  • paid at least the National Minimum Wage for their age group
  • should not require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement
  • be funded by the Kickstart Scheme grant and would not exist without this funding
  • be paid from the grant money for the 25 hours per week on National Minimum Wage (employers can pay a higher wage and pay for more hours)

Employers must be able to develop the applicant’s skills and experience (Exeter City Council will support companies with this), including:

  • support to look for long-term work, including career advice and setting goals
  • support with CV and interview preparations
  • supporting the participant with basic skills, such as attendance, timekeeping and teamwork

Companies interested in offering a placement to a young person, can complete the online application form and find out more by visiting the Council’s dedicated web pages

For questions about the scheme, email

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