Finance for employment

Kickstart Scheme 

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create new jobs 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:

  • 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
  • associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • minimum automatic enrolment pension contributions

Employers can spread the job start dates up until 31 December 2021 and will receive funding until 30 June 2022, if a young person starts their job on 31 December 2021. 



Apprenticeships are a great way for your business to cost effectively recruit new staff and develop a pipeline of talent with the skills and experience you need to meet your business demands. 

To register your interest or to find out more about the benefits of recruiting an apprentice, visit the Careers Wales website


Degree Apprenticeships

Degree Aprenticeships are a new type of apprenticeship. In Wales, they are available in IT, Engineering or Advanced Manufacturing.  Businesses of any size in Wales can take on degree apprentices.