The Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements for young people. It was launched in 2020 as part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs.Image of young people talking together with the logo for the government kickstart scheme

The funding available for each job covers the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. There is also funding available to support young people to develop new skills and to help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart funded job.

Through the scheme, employers are able to access a large pool of young people with potential, who are ready for an opportunity, are aged between 16 and 24 and currently in receipt of Universal Credit.

Who can apply?

Employers 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.

What funding is available?

  • Funding is available to registered companies and charities 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 support grant available for setup costs, support and training which supports the employee to for long-term work by supporting with CV and interview preparation, training to develop skills eg. teamwork, organisation and communication.
  • The placement is considered a job, so normal employment terms and conditions apply.

How to apply?

Employers can apply directly via https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/kickstart-scheme or use a Gateway Organisation to submit and manage the application on the employer’s behalf. Professionals in Partnership is an approved Gateway and has currently more than 200 placements which have been approved for more than 30 employers across the country.

If you would like to use Professionals in Partnership’s Gateway services, please complete the documents below and return to info@professionalsinpartnership.co.uk

Application for the Kickstart Scheme

DWP Kickstart Vacancy Template

Employer Kickstart Grant Funding Information

Employer Support

Professionals in Partnership offers a range of employer support to enable their Kickstart Placement to be successful. The documents below outline the various options.

Kickstart Individual Support Options

Kickstart Support Options

Employability Training

Employability training is a key requirement of the Kickstart Scheme. Employers need to provide evidence of the training and development support they will provide throughout the six-month placement.

Some employers want to outsource this requirement by using part of the Job Support Funding to purchase a place on an established Employability Programme.

Professionals in Partnership is works with Fired Up Leaders as their preferred supplier and details of their programme can be found below;

Kickstart Employability Programme – Fired Up Leaders