Kickstart Scheme

Delivered by HM Government

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16-24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment.

What you’ll get

£1,500 per job placement

You’ll get £1,500 per job placement. This should be spent on setup costs and supporting the young person to develop their employability skills.

For example:

  • training and employability support (provided by you, a Kickstart gateway or another provider)
  • IT equipment and software
  • uniform or Personal Protective Equipment

Kickstart Scheme wages and related costs

The funding covers:

Employers can pay a higher wage and for more hours but the funding will not cover this.


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.


If you need help with the Kickstart Scheme process or you want to add more job placements or employers to your grant agreement, you can contact:

  • your local employer contact if you are located in a specific region
  • the national employer contact if you are located across several regions

Find a Kickstart gateway in the North East.

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