Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds.

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

This is part of the government’s Plan for Jobs and aims to create hundreds and thousands of new, fully funded jobs across England, Scotland and Wales. The first placements are likely to be available from November.

Funding will cover for each job placement:

-  100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week

-  the associated employer National Insurance contributions

-  employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

There will also be extra funding to support young people to build their experience and help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart Scheme funded job.
Young people can find out more about the Kickstart Scheme at the jobhelp site.
 
To register for the scheme, employers must meet minimum criteria as set out here


Guidance about the Kickstart Scheme for employers

Check if you can apply for a grant through the Kickstart Scheme
Apply for a grant through the Kickstart Scheme


Download the Kickstart employer guide here


Further information

If you need help with the Kickstart Scheme process or you’d like help finding a representative, 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 region