Supporting the UK Kickstart Scheme

UK Government Kickstart Scheme


What is the Kickstart Scheme?

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers, to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year-olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment.

Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers:

  • 100% of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months
  • associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions
  • Up to £1,500 per job placement for setup costs, support and training

Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021.

The Kickstart Scheme covers the costs of employment a 16 to 24 year-old working 25 hours per week, for up to 6 months.


The Application Process

1. Apply for Funding With DWP

You can now apply for the Kickstart Scheme directly through the Department of Work and Pensions. Simply provide a few details about your business and the type of roles you’re planning to offer & the DWP will take care of the rest.

2. Relax & Wait for Feedback

The DWP will check your roles are compliant, and we’ll let you know once funding has been granted. This process usually takes 4-6 weeks, but we'll keep you updated while you wait.

3. Welcome Your Future Talent!

Interview and choose from a talented pool of applicants put forward by the Job Centre. 


The Kickstart Scheme

Rishi Sunak

Chancellor of the Exchequer

"The scheme will open the door to a brighter future for a new generation and ensure the UK bounces back stronger as a country."

"But this isn’t just about kickstarting our economy, we’re giving opportunity and hope to thousands of young people, kickstarting their careers and offering them a brighter future."