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9. The Kickstart Scheme and Apprentice support

The Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers:

Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021. Read more guidance on gov.uk

 

Employing an Apprentice

Apprentices are aged 16 or over and combine working with studying to gain skills and knowledge in a specific job.

Apprentices can be new or current employees.

You must pay the apprentice at least the minimum wage.

Your apprentice must:

  • work with experienced staff
  • learn job-specific skills
  • get time for training or study during their working week (at least 20% of their normal working hours)

There are several steps to taking on an apprentice.

  1. Choose an apprenticeship for your business or organisation.

  2. Find an organisation that offers training for the apprenticeship you've chosen.

  3. Check what funding is available for training and other costs to your organisation.

  4. Advertise your apprenticeship - you or your training provider can do this through the find an apprenticeship service.

  5. Select your apprentice and make an apprenticeship agreement and commitment statement with them.

If you do not want to hire and train the apprentice yourself, you can use an apprenticeship training agency. The apprentice will be employed by the agency but will work in your organisation.