Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit.

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers:

Employers can spread the job start dates up until 31 December 2021. You’ll get funding until 30 June 2022 if a young person starts their job on 31 December 2021.

Further funding is available for training and support so that young people on the scheme can get a job in the future.

Employer guidance

Kickstart gateway guidance

Contact information

Terms and conditions

Promotional material

Published 2 September 2020
Last updated 25 January 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added information about changes to the Kickstart Scheme announced on 25 January 2021. Applications from new Kickstart gateways will close on 28 January 2021 and all employers can apply directly online from 3 February 2021.

  2. Added Kickstart Scheme terms and conditions.

  3. Added 'Find someone to apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant on your behalf' to the collection.

  4. Added employer contacts page to the collection.

  5. First published.