The Government Kickstart Scheme: What Graduates Need to Know

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The Kickstart Scheme is Now Open for Employers, But What do Graduates Need to do to Get Involved?

The government has announced their exciting Kickstart scheme, a 6 month paid placement to help young people – and hopefully graduates – at risk of long term unemployment. 

Companies across the UK are signing up to take on hundreds of thousands of youngsters. This means graduates, too!

Employers won’t have to pay a penny to employ you for 6 months as the government has set aside £2 billion to fully fund all the positions. This is part of the Covid-19 response and is designed to boost the economy and thousands of careers.

If you get selected for the Kickstart Scheme, you could find yourself beginning a the placement of your dreams.

So how do you make sure you get chosen?

To qualify, you have to meet some criteria. You’ll have to be:

  • 16-24 years old
  • Claiming Universal Credit
  • At risk of long term unemployment

Jobcentre Plus staff are responsible for determining whether someone is ‘at risk’ or not, so our advice is apply for Universal Credit and hope!

The government has said that jobs should be available from this November until December next year, so there’s not much time left to get ready.

What jobs will be available?

Unfortunately we don’t have too much information right now, but the government has urged all UK businesses to apply. So expect jobs in every sector possible!

Tesco was one of the first companies to announce their involvement, but smaller companies have been encouraged to join too.

More info

Whenever the government gives us more information, we’ll update this article to keep you in the know. In the meantime keep an eye on the gov website.

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