Kickstart Scheme


The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds.  Wakefield First will be supporting businesses to access the scheme by acting as a Kickstart representative.

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


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
Wakefield First will be acting as a representative for businesses in the Wakefield District that are unable to register for the scheme directly, to ensure our business community has access to the service. 
If you would like to know more about how Wakefield Council can support you with Kickstart, contact us on  marking the subject Kickstart.
Alternatively, there are also a number of other partners working as a Kickstart Gateway in the Wakefield district. 

To find a Kickstart Gateway that may be able to support you in applying for a Kickstart Scheme grant, head here.

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

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


Please see below for the list of current live Kickstart vacancies.

If you are interested in any of the below vacancies please speak to your work coach about any vacancies that you may be interested in applying for or contact our kickstart team at: subject: vacancy.

Please note - if you are not currently claiming Universal Credit please contact the Wakefield Employment Hub at:  so they can provide Information, Advice & Guidance.


-6B Digtial Marketing Assistant

-365 Response e Procure Administrator

-365 Response Junior Support Technician

-365 Response Marketing Assistant

-Afor UK Ltd Traineee Bookeeper

-Allen Fabrications Production Operative

Candy Works Picking / Packing Assistant

-Centara Trainee Data Technician

-Citizens advice bureaux Trainee Advisor

-Cladbuild Factory Operative

-Complete Care Community Care Worker

-Conservatory Outlet Production Operative

-Dariqus Administrator

-Dempsey Dyer Commercial Administrator

-Dempsey Dyer Sales Processor

DM Appliance Care Trainee White Goods Engineer

-Engineering Building Services Administrator

-Global Doors Assembly Operative

-Global Doors Metal Cutting Warehouse Operative

-Global Doors Sales Development

-Global Doors Wood Plant Operative

-GMC Fabrications Administration Assistant

-Home Start Wakefield Social Media & Data Support Worker

-Insulation Direct Customer Service Administrator

-Insulation Direct Insulation Installer

-Intergrated Recruitment Administrator

-Intelligent Decisioning Software Developer

Lasting Beauty Beauty Therapist

Lasting Beauty Trainee Eyelash Technician

LD Nutrition Chef

LD Nutrition Kitchen Assistant

Lifeplanning Solutions Administrator

Manguni Makhosi Trainee Operations and Service Administrator

Mantality Social Media Executive

Millennium Care Service Ltd Recruitment Administrator

NAC (Domestic Appliances) Ltd Sales / Customer Services Agent

Oneworld Travel Trainee Sales Consultant

Ossett Tyre House Trainee Commercial Tyre Fitter

Reg Greenwood T & E Trainee Commercial Tyre Fitter

S&D Landscapes Ltd Landscape operative

SKS Beds LTD Customer Service Advisor

SPIRALTECH CORPORATION LTD Electrical/Mechanical Engineer Trainee

The Conservatory Works Ltd Trainee Fabricator

V25AGE COMMS LTD Cable Puller / Technician

V25AGE COMMS LTD Office Adminstrator / Finance Assistant

V25AGE COMMS LTD Office Adminstrator / Project Controller

Wakefield BID Administrative and Project Manager Assistant

Wakefield Hospice E-commerce Officer

We Are Wakefield Digital Media Executive

We Are Wakefield  Events Executive

Creode Account Executive

Knights of Pontefract Restaurant Assistant

RTC Travel Trainee Travel Agent

UK Assistance 247 Customer Service Advisor