What is the Kickstart Scheme?
The Kickstart scheme allows businesses to help young people (aged 16-24) who are currently on universal credit, to develop the skills and experience they need to find work through valuable 6 month job placements.
The Government is funding 100% of every Kickstarter placement (25 hours per week at National Minimum Wage, plus employer NI & pension contributions) and offering grants of £1,500 per role to cover the cost of training and employability support.
Larger employers who can offer more than 30 job roles can apply directly through the link here, smaller employers with 29 or below need to apply via an approved Kickstart Gateway, like us.
Unlike some other Kickstart Gateways, there is no cost to you – our administration fee is covered by the Government.
How it works
Apply to our Secure Gateway
Fill out this quick sign up form. It takes less than three minutes to complete, we just need a few details about your business and the type of roles you’re planning to offer
Get a decision
The DWP will review the applications to ensure they’re compliant and then we will let you know once funding has been granted. This process usually takes 4-6 weeks, but we will let you know as soon as we get an update
Selecting your candidate
All applications via the Jobcentre can be managed via our FREE Application Tracking System. From there you would run a normal interview process and select the candidate best suited to your business
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The sign up form takes less than five minutes to complete – we just need a few details about your business and the type of roles you intend to offer.
Any organisation from any sector can apply, but you must be a registered limited company or charity. Unfortunately, Sole Traders are not eligible.
From the point of application through to approval it usually takes between 4-6 weeks. We can only submit the roles in groups of 30, so as soon as we have enough we will send you confirmation your application has been submitted. After this DWP will check if roles are compliant and we’ll be in touch as soon as funding has been granted. Employers can spread the start date of the job placement up until the end of December 2021.
Once the placement begins, together with our support, you’ll be responsible for helping participants develop their skills and experience. This includes CV writing, interview prep, career advice and goal setting – but don’t worry, we’ll be on hand to help.
A Kickstart Gateway is an organisation that has successfully applied for funding through the Kickstart Scheme to represent 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.
We won’t charge you, so it won’t cost a penny. The Government will cover all the administration costs and this will be paid to us directly, so no need to worry there. The Government are also funding 100% of the Kickstart scheme costs so all wages are covered too. That’s capped at 25 hours per week of salary at the applicable Minimum Wage plus all employer pension and national insurance contributions. Plus, you’ll receive a £1,500 grant per Kickstart role you offer to go towards training and support.
Information is a bit sparse, but we believe that funding will be paid out monthly in arrears. So, as a Gateway, we’ll apply on your behalf each month for the wages before distributing these sums to you.
The scheme permits employers to pay participants more than the National Minimum Wage, but you have to cover the cost yourself along with any associated increases to employer National insurance and pension contributions.
Yes, there are no limitations to how many times you can apply for Kickstart funding.