How the Scheme Works
The JobStart Scheme provides funding to create new job opportunities for 16 to 24 year olds who are at risk of long term unemployment. Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers:
- 100% of the National Minimum Wage or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant, for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months (or 9 months for a young person who meets additional criteria)
- associated employer National Insurance contributions
- employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions
Employers can stagger the start dates of the job opportunities up until the end of March 2022.
If an employer is unsure of the number of job opportunities they want to create when making their initial application, they can submit further applications up to 31 March 2022.