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Kickstart scheme launches across the UK

MACO TPL business icon with bagThe £2 billion Kickstart Scheme is designed to create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across the UK.

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has launched the Kickstart Scheme, designed to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

The 6-month placements are open to those aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. They will be available across a range of different sectors in England, Scotland and Wales.

The first placements are likely to be available from November.

Employers will receive funding for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum auto-enrolment pension contributions.

There will also be extra funding to support young people to build their experience and help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart funded job.

If you are an employer looking to create jobs placements for young people, you can apply for funding as part of the scheme.

Who can apply

Check if you can apply for grant through the Kickstart scheme on >check eligibility

  • You can submit your application online.
  • If you are applying for 30 or more job placements, you can apply directly.
  • If you are applying for less than 30 job placements then you can join a group of other employers, nominating a representative for the group to submit the application. Or you can register with existing representatives, such as local authorities, chamber of commerce or trade bodies. The representative will check that your job placements are eligible for the Kickstart scheme and will submit the application on your behalf. To find a representative you can contact your local or national Kickstart Scheme employer contact. Further details can be obtained from here >read more 

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You will need:

  • your Companies House reference number or Registered Charity number.
  • your organisation's address and contact details.
  • details of the job placements and their location(s).
  • supporting information to show that the job placements are new jobs and meet the Kickstart Scheme criteria.
  • information about the support the organisation can give to develop employability skills of young people.


After you have applied

Your application will be reviewed to check it meets the requirements of the Kickstart Scheme. It will then go to a panel for consideration.

This is not a competitive process, but Kickstart will only provide funding when the job placements meet the criteria.

DWP aims to respond to applications within 1 month.


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If your application meets the requirements of the scheme, you will receive a letter with a grant agreement.

This agreement will include what your company or organisation has agreed to provide, and how much funding you will receive from the Kickstart Scheme.


Kickstart employers guide

DWP has published a useful guide to the scheme for employers. You can download a pdf copy from >Kickstart employers guide

If you need further information or have any queries on the application process, please get in touch with Jacqueline May, Head of Payroll Operations.


Other useful links

Employment taxes: changes for the new tax year from 6 April 2020

UK Business and Personal Tax Rates (July update) 2020-21

Acuity Enterprise - Autumn 2020
Renfrewshire Coronavirus Business Support Fund