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Kickstart Scheme

With the government funded Kickstart Scheme, employers can create 6 month job placements for young people (16-24) who are on Universal Credit and at risk of Long Term Unemployment.

The job placements should encourage workers to develop skills and experience that will be useful to them in jobs they undertake after the placement.

What does the funding cover?

The funding covers:

  • 100% of National Minimum Wage ("NMW") or National Living Wage ("NLW") (age dependent) for 25 hours a week for 6 months
  • associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions
  • £1,500 set up funding per placement.

Job placements created with Kickstart Scheme funding must:

  • be a newly created job
  • be a minimum of 25 hours a week, for 6 months
  • pay at least NMW or NLW for the employee's age group
  • only require basic training.

Job placements must not:

  • replace existing or planned vacancies
  • cause existing employees, apprentices or contractors to lose work or reduce working hours.

Kickstart scheme grants now available to employers looking to create 29 job placements or less

On 25th January the Government updated their Kickstart Scheme guidance to confirm that employers creating 29 job placements or less are now eligible for the Kickstart Scheme Grants in the sum of £1,500.  Further information and criteria can be found here:

How do I apply?

Employers with 29 or less job placements must apply via an existing Kickstart Gateway (visit Welcome - Find a Kickstart gateway - GOV.UK ( – employers wishing to create over 30 placements can apply directly to DWP.

Further information about the Kickstart Scheme can be found here.

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