Kickstart Scheme



As part of the government’s Plan for Jobs, the Kickstart Scheme aims to create thousands of new, fully funded jobs by offering funding to employers to create new job roles that will help the young person build experience and move towards sustained employment. These should be 6-month placements targeted at young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. 

Funding will be at the relevant National Minimum Wage level for the recruit, plus £1,500 per job placement for setup costs, support and training. Smaller businesses seeking 30 or fewer recruits will need to apply through a representative organisation.

To find out more, check your eligibility and register for the scheme on the government Kickstart web pages.

Those seeking employment through the roles should speak to their JobCentre Plus Work coach in the first instance.  The Work Coach will discuss Kickstart opportunities with you to help find the best route forward for you.

Applying for a role - Working with a Gateway Organisation

If you want to create between 1 and 29 Kickstart jobs you benefit from the support of a Gateway organisation. They will work with you to define the role and will submit your application within a larger application to the DWP, alongside other employers' roles. The Gateway will administer the payments from DWP to you. They may also be able to help source or provide the essential 'wraparound support' for your new employee to help ensure they gain maximum benefit, such as training and skills development.  Our current local Gateway organisations are:

Kickstart gateways

A Kickstart gateway is an organisation that has shown interest in representing employers who want to apply for 29 or less job placements. Kickstart gateways can be any type of organisation. DWP performs due diligence checks on these organisations. Employers can look up details of Kickstart gateways who have told us they’re interested in helping.

For employers seeking 30 or more roles, there is separate guidance