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Kickstart Scheme launches in November!


The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has launched the £2 billion Kickstart Scheme ...

By Chris Moss

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has launched the £2 billion Kickstart Scheme designed to create hundreds of new fully subsidised jobs for young people aged 16-24 who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. Six-month job placements will be available across a range of different sectors in England, Scotland, and Wales. The first placements are likely to be available from November.

Employers will receive funding for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum auto-enrolment pension 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-funded job.

If you are an employer looking to create job placements for young people, you can apply for funding as part of the scheme. For more information on the Kickstart scheme, please click here.

Who can apply?

You can submit your application online.

If you are applying for 30 or more job placements, you can apply directly here via the government website.

If you are applying for less than 30 job placements, you must apply through a representative of a group of employers. They can submit an application on your behalf, using other employers to create 30 or more job placements in one application.

What you need to provide during the application

You will need:

  • the Companies House reference number or Charity Commission number
  • the organisation address and contact details
  • details of the job placements and their location
  • supporting information to show that the job placements are new jobs and meet the Kickstart Scheme criteria
  • information about the support the organisation can give to develop employability skills of young people

After you have applied

Your application will be reviewed to check it meets the requirements of the Kickstart Scheme. It will then go to a panel for consideration. This is not a competitive process, but Kickstart will only provide funding when the job placements meet the criteria.

DWP aims to respond to applications within 1 month.

If your application is successful

If your application meets the requirements of the scheme, you will receive a letter with a grant agreement. This agreement will include what your company has agreed to provide, and how much funding you will receive from the Kickstart Scheme. Guidance can be found here.

Kickstart employers guide

Check if you can apply for a grant as a representative of a group of employers through the Kickstart Scheme and find information about how to join a Representative Group

If you are considering becoming a representative for a group of employers, check what information you need to provide to apply for a grant through the Kickstart Scheme. If you are looking to join a group of employers, see the link below on where to find employer contacts.

A Kickstart Scheme application must be for a minimum of 30 job placements. If a single employer cannot provide this many job placements, they can:

  • join a group of other employers, nominating a representative from the group to submit the application
  • register their interest with existing representatives, such as local authorities, chambers of commerce or trade bodies

Finding a representative

You can get in touch with your local or national Kickstart Scheme employer contact for help getting a representative, please click here for a list of local employer contacts.

If you would like more information, please contact our Audit and General Practice Partners.