Kickstart scheme launched

The Government has launched the Kickstart Scheme and it is now open to any employer. The £2bn Kickstart Scheme aims to create hundreds of thousands of high-quality, government-subsidised jobs across the UK to help young people who have been particularly hit by the crisis.

The scheme will fund 6-month work placements for young people aged 16-24, who are claiming Universal Credit. We understand that it will also be open to people on Employment Support & Allowance.

The Government will fully fund each ‘Kickstart’ job – paying 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. There is also £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training. There will also be funding available to support young people to develop new skills and to help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart Scheme funded job.

There is a special page for young people on the jobhelp website which can be found at

Employers of all sizes looking to create quality jobs for young people can apply. All organisations across the private, public and voluntary sectors will be able to access Kickstart. The Government has produced  a Guide for Employers. The jobs created must not replace existing or planned vacancies or cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment.

Employers can bid directly to DWP to host a minimum of 30 job placements. If they are unable to offer this many vacancies, employers can partner with other organisations or go through a representative body to reach the minimum number.

Representatives applying on behalf of a group of employers can get £300 of funding to support with the associated administrative costs of bringing together these employers. Representatives must have:

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

DWP will carry out an assessment of the suitability of representatives and are not currently accepting applications from representatives who do not have this experience. They will provide further information in future on how these groups can become a representative.