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

Our role as an intermediary:

  • We help small employers access the Government's £2 billion scheme by administering the Scheme on their behalf, combining applications from multiple organisations to reach the Government's requirement for at least 30 placements per application.
  • We provide essential employability training needed to align with the Scheme's funding requirements and the needs of the young person.

Each job placement created with Kickstart funding must be:

  • A minimum of 25 hours per week for six months.
  • Paid at least the National Minimum Wage for their age group.
  • Should not require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement.
  • Must be new jobs and they must not replace existing or planned vacancies, or cause existing employees to lose/reduce their employment.
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How the Scheme Works


  • For each job placement, you will receive 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.
  • You will receive £1,500 when you have confirmed the young person has started work, is enrolled on your payroll and is being paid through PAYE. The grant is to cover additional costs for support and training, as well as to help you pay for uniforms and other setup costs. We would provide Return to Work Training and Employment Coaching at a cost of £250 per young person.

Your Application

  • In order to apply on your behalf, we will need details from you for each placement you require.
  • Please complete the form below in as much detail as possible (you will know if your form has been submitted successfully when you are redirected to a ‘Thank You’ page).
  • Please note that each business applying has to be registered with Companies House.
  • Once your application has been submitted, it will be reviewed to check it meets the requirements of the Kickstart Scheme, and sent to a panel for consideration. It is the intention that the applications will be responded to within one month, however in our experience, this process could take up to two months.
  • Businesses will only obtain funding should they place a person who is introduced through the Scheme by DWP.
  • If an application is unsuccessful, unfortunately an explanation and feedback is not given by the DWP. However, further applications can be made and there is no limit to the number of times a business can apply for funding.

If Your Application is Successful

  • We'll work with you to create an advertisement for the job placement you are offering.
  • Once you are happy with it, we will liaise with the Job Centre on your behalf to arrange posting the advertisement and will notify you with the candidates who have applied.
  • You'll get the opportunity to meet your candidates and interview them to make sure you get the right fit.
  • Once you are ready to make a decision, you'll recruit your preferred candidate and meet your Kickstart Coach who will support you and your employee throughout the placement. At the end of the placement, you'll decide if you want to offer the candidate a permanent role or offer the placement to another candidate for a further six months.

Is the Kickstart Scheme Suitable for My Organisation?

Checks will be made to show your organisation is established, reputable and financially solvent. You are more likely to be approved if you:

  • have existed for a while
  • regularly and recently submitted accounts
  • have a credit score which is a low-risk category
  • have a low probability of imminent business failure
  • have enough liquid assets to pay your debts
  • do not have any recent county court judgments (CCJs).

These factors are taken into consideration when assessing your Kickstart Scheme application. Failing on one or more of these does not mean you will not be approved.

More Information

Below you can watch a Zoom meeting we conducted recently.

NB: Since this Zoom meeting, we have been informed that wage payments will be made approximately six weeks after a candidate starts employment. Further payments of the wage support will then be made monthly so long as the candidate remains on the payroll.

To Apply

If you wish to apply, please click here.

Questionnaire for Employers
  • Supporting Information to Demonstrate Placements are New Jobs

  • Information About the Support Your Organisation can Provide to Enhance the Employability Skills of Young People

  • Placement 1

  • Placement 2 (if applicable)

  • Placement 3 (if applicable)

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Get In Touch

If you would like to book a consultation, get further information or ask us about our services, please contact us:

Unit 14G Old Marsh Farm Barns, Welsh Road, SealandCH5 2LY

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