JobStart Scheme

The JobStart Scheme provides funding from the Department for Communities to allow employers to create new high quality job opportunities to help young people aged 16–24 at risk of long-term unemployment to enter the job market. Funding for each job opportunity will cover the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. There will also be funding available to support young people to develop their employability and occupational
skills and to help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their JobStart opportunity. Young people participating in JobStart will be supported through their job opportunity by Work Coaches based in the Jobs & Benefits office network, managed by the Department for Communities.