Check if you can apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant on behalf of a group of employers

If you are considering becoming a Kickstart gateway for a group of employers, check what your responsibilities will be and how you can apply.

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:

Responsibilities of a Kickstart gateway or employer representative

They will:

  • gather information from you about the job placements you’d like to offer
  • use this information to submit an online application on behalf of a group of employers
  • pass on the relevant payments made by DWP to you (for example the young person’s salary)

They may also:

  • share their expertise with you to help you onboard and train young people employed through the scheme, for example supporting those with particular disadvantages or working in certain sectors
  • provide employability support directly to young people employed through the scheme

The representative must have:

  • experience of managing partnership agreements with third parties
  • robust financial and governance processes to manage the application

We will carry out an assessment of the suitability of Kickstart gateways and employer representatives, and may contact you for further information during the application process.

We are not currently accepting applications from organisations who do not have this experience.

How to apply on behalf of a group of employers

You need to have a minimum of 30 job placements from your group of employers before applying.

You will need:

  • details of the job placements proposed by your group of employers
  • details of their business
  • information about the support they plan to offer the young people

Find out how to apply for a grant.

Get help

You can contact your local or national Kickstart Scheme employer contact for help.

Published 2 September 2020
Last updated 18 September 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added links to 'Find someone to apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant on your behalf' guidance.

  2. Added another link to employer contacts page for those employers who need help finding a representative.

  3. Added link to specific Kickstart Scheme contact page.

  4. First published.