Kickstart Scheme

What is the Kickstart Scheme?

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new job placements 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:

Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021.

What is the criteria?

Job placement criteria

The job placements created with Kickstart Scheme funding must be new jobs. You need to check all of this with the employers you represent.

The job placements must not:

  • replace existing or planned vacancies
  • cause existing employees, apprentices or contractors to lose work or reduce their working hours

The job placements must:

What will you get as an employer?

£1,500 per job placement for employers

Every job placement created gets £1,500 funding. This will be paid to the young person, who will need to pay this to the employer.

This funding is for setup costs and to support the young person to develop their employability skills.

Kickstart Scheme wages and costs are paid to the employee, who will pass this on to the employer. This funding covers:

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

Apply for the Kickstart Scheme