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JobStart – New Incentive Scheme from the Department for Communities

JobStart is a new employer incentive scheme from the Department for Communities (DfC) aimed at helping young people aged 16–24 at risk of long term unemployment to get into the job market by providing government funding for employers to create job opportunities.

Employers in can receive 100% government funding to create six-month job opportunities for 16-24 year-olds who are not in employment (or 9 months for those who meet certain criteria).

Businesses will receive:-

  • 100% of 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
  • associated National insurance Contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

Each business will also receive up to £1,500 funding per job opportunity which must be used for setup costs and to support the young person to develop their occupational and employability skills.

Employer criteria to participate in JobStart:-

  • Employers of all sizes can participate in the scheme
  • Employers in all sectors can participate (including the voluntary and community sector)
  • Employers can offer one job or multiple jobs to participate in JobStart
  • JobStart opportunities must not replace existing or planned vacancies or cause existing employees, apprentices or contractors to lose or reduce their employment.
  • Jobs offered must provide a six-month job opportunity, with a possible extension to 9 months for those who meet certain criteria
  • Jobs opportunities must offer at least 25 hours of employment per week
  • Jobs offered must pay at least the National Minimum Wage through PAYE

The Scheme will be open for applications until 31 March 2022.

To apply to JobStart click on:-  https://www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk/content/jobstart

 

 

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