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Kickstart Scheme

Delivered by HM Government


Government’s new Kickstart Scheme is designed to help employers create new six-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

Eligible employers will receive funding for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum auto-enrolment pension contributions. There is also £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.

It is hoped the Kickstart Scheme will create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country.

Any organisation, regardless of size, can apply for funding. The job placements created with Kickstart funding must be new jobs. Each application should include how you will help the participants to develop their skills and experience. 

For businesses that are creating 30 or more placements

Apply for funding through the Kickstart Scheme here.

For businesses that are creating fewer than 30 placements

If you’re creating fewer than 30 job placements, a Kickstart gateway can act on your behalf and apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant for you.

They will:

  • gather information from you about the job placements you’d like to offer
  • use this information to submit an online application on behalf of a group of employers
  • pass on the relevant payments made by DWP to you (for example the young person’s salary)

They may also:

  • share their expertise with you to help you onboard and train young people employed through the scheme, for example supporting those with particular disadvantages or working in certain sectors
  • provide employability support directly to young people employed through the scheme

Find a Kickstart gateway in the North East.


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