Kickstart Scheme for employers

Employers can apply until 17 December 2021 for funding to create jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit.

Applies to England, Scotland and Wales

If you’re an employer looking to create jobs

Applications to the Kickstart Scheme are closing soon.

After 17 December 2021 you will not be able to:

  • apply for a new Kickstart Scheme grant
  • add more jobs to an existing grant agreement

We will process applications submitted before this time or that are already in progress.

Learn more about the Kickstart Scheme closure.

Employers of all sizes can apply for funding until 17 December 2021 to create jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit.

The funding covers:

Employer guidance

  1. How the Kickstart Scheme works

  2. Apply online for a Kickstart Scheme grant or Apply for a grant through a Kickstart gateway

  3. Submit your vacancies

  4. Get young people into the Kickstart Scheme jobs

  5. Manage your funding

If you’re a Kickstart gateway, check the guidance for gateways.

Published 13 September 2021
Last updated 5 October 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added information about Kickstart Scheme applications closing on 17 December 2021 and that job start dates have been extended to 31 March 2022.

  2. First published.