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Kickstart Scheme

Get paid to take on a young person. If you want to create fewer than 30 new placements simply apply through us.

If you’re hiring or considering hiring, we can help you make the most of government funding to ease your wage bill.

The government’s Kickstart Scheme will subsidise six-month work placements for people aged 16-24 and on Universal Credit.

The scheme is now open for employer applications – simply get in touch with us.

The Scheme is a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements for young people.

Through the scheme, you’ll be able to access a large pool of young people with potential, ready for an opportunity.  Initially the scheme will prioritise young people aged between 16 and 24 who are ready for an opportunity and will be supported by their Jobcentre Plus work coach to enrol in the scheme

How the scheme works

You can use the Kickstart Scheme to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. The job placements should support the participants to develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the scheme.

Funding is available for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. There is also £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.

Business looking to offer fewer than 30 places, can apply through the Chamber.

Do all of your Kickstart Scheme job placements meet the criteria?

The Kickstart Scheme job placements must be:

  • 6 months
  • At least 25 hours per week (Employers can pay for more hours)
  • Paying at least the National Minimum Wage through PAYE (Employers can pay more)
  • Paying the statutory employer duties for the health, safety and welfare for young people, National Insurance and pension contributions
  • Include support for young people to help them get work after they finish their Kickstart Scheme job
  • Must not replace existing or planned jobs
  • Must not cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment


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