Kickstart Scheme for employers

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

This guidance was withdrawn on

The Kickstart Scheme has closed.

Applies to England, Scotland and Wales

Kickstart Scheme applications closed at midday on 17 December 2021.

Check the deadlines for completing other Kickstart Scheme tasks.

Employer guidance

  1. How the Kickstart Scheme works

  2. Manage your funding

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

Published 13 September 2021
Last updated 17 December 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated page to say applications for Kickstart Scheme funding closed at midday on 17 December 2021 and removed links to the apply guides.

  2. Added deadlines for completing Kickstart Scheme tasks.

  3. Added information about Kickstart Scheme applications closing on 17 December 2021 and that job start dates have been extended to 31 March 2022.

  4. First published.