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Kickstart Scheme

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

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new job placements 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 start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021.

A Kickstart Scheme application must be for a minimum of 30 job placements. If a single employer cannot provide this many job placements, they can find a Kickstart gateway, such as a local authority, charity or trade body for help applying.

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

Guidance about the Kickstart Scheme

Contact information

If you need help with the Kickstart Scheme process, you can contact:

  • your local employer contact if you are located in a specific region
  • the national employer contact if you are located across several regions

Kickstart Scheme promotional material

If you are a supporter of the Kickstart Scheme, you can show your engagement by sharing the promotional material in your online and internal communications.

Kickstart Scheme terms and conditions

If you want to read the terms and conditions for employers and Kickstart gateways you can find them on the Kickstart Scheme terms and conditions page.

Published 2 September 2020
Last updated 30 October 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added Kickstart Scheme terms and conditions.

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

  3. Added employer contacts page to the collection.

  4. First published.