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The Kickstart Scheme- What is it? and what's in it for me?


The Kickstart Scheme is a new type of government scheme aiming to help encourage the employment of young people (specifically those aged between 16 to 24) currently on Universal Credit.

The scheme is a part of the government’s Plan for Jobs, aiming to create new jobs by funding employers for the purpose of hiring workers within this bracket, and helping keep young people in employment

What’s in it for me?

The Government is paying 100 per cent of the age-relevant National Minimum Wage, National Insurance and pension contributions provided young people aged 16-24 are given quality positions with a minimum of 25 hours a week.

Employers can top up this wage if they want to, but this will have to be from their own funds.

In addition to this a sum of £1,500 is available per job placement for costs relating to support, training and the overall setup of the placement.

After young people within this age bracket have completed the Kickstart scheme, extra funding will be provided to help them build up experience, of which is aimed to help in subsequently achieving sustained employment.

Can I hire less than 30 people?

Yes, you can because our partner The Learning and Skills Academy CIC is a recognised gateway on the kickstart scheme.

They represent employers who will not employ more than 30 people through this scheme.

They will support you whether you want to hire just one young person or many.

You can apply online via their website

Please note there are other recognised gateways available on the Kickstart scheme.

What’s my commitment?

Young people will be referred into the new roles through their Jobcentre Plus work coach with the first Kickstarts expected to begin at the start of November.

Companies will still have to supply a job description.

Once participants have started working within the new job placements, and this has been confirmed, only then will the initial costs for setups be paid in by the Government.

Information acquired through HMRC will be used to help the

government check that people are still employed in these job placements.

When these job roles are actively filled, the grant for this scheme will be paid in arrears.

How does it work?

Funding for the Kickstart scheme is available to employers only if and when their application is successful. Any type of organisation can apply, however there is criteria that employers will have to meet in order to be eligible for approval, this includes the following:

  • The job placements must not be replacing planned/existing vacancies
  • These placements must not result in existing employees/contractors  reducing their role in the business, or losing employment entirely
  • The new job placements must offer a minimum of 25 hours per week throughout a 6 month period
  • The placements must offer at the very least the National Minimum Wage relative to the age of the employee
  • The placements should not need employees to undergo extensive training before the placement begins
  • The placements must be exclusively for people between the ages of 16 – 24 who are on Universal Credit facing the risk of long-term unemployment
  • The application must be for 30 job placements as a minimum

While applications are required to offer a minimum of 30 job placements, if unable to offer this, there is the option to partner with another organisation (or multiple) until this minimum amount is met.

In addition to meeting the requirements listed above, applications for this funding should also detail how employers will help the young people who fill them to develop and grow on their experience and skill set.

This can include the following support:

  • Helping the participating young people look for long-term work, e.g. careers advice
  • Offering help with their CV and preparations for interviews
  • Supporting participants with such essential skills such as timekeeping, teamwork and attendance

If the criteria is met and an employer’s application is approved, they will then receive a grant agreement in a letter.

In this agreement will be detailed both what the employer’s organisation has agreed and what they will provide, as well as the amount of funding they will be given from the scheme. The employer must sign the grant agreement, and return it as instructed in the letter before the job placements can commence.

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Find out more about Government Support

Although, we have access to a range of Government programs and incentives, you may want to look at the Government website.

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