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

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You will need:


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