Kickstart Business Support

The Kickstart Scheme was announced in July 2020 as part of the Chancellor’s Plan for Jobs to support the UK’s economic recovery. The scheme aims to create thousands of high-quality six-month work placements for young people aged 16 to 24 who are claiming Universal Credit and are at risk of long-term unemployment.

Under the scheme, the Government will cover 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. This includes the employee’s salary, as well as National Insurance and minimum pension contributions.

New Directions College, part of Reading Borough Council, in partnership with Reading UK CIC are acting as a Gateway Provider for the Kickstart Scheme.

Employers who would like further information can contact Besmir Baxha ( or 07929 787 697.

Applying is simple and you will have full support through each stage of the process. Apply as a potential employer for the Kickstart Scheme.

Last updated on 21/01/2021