Kickstart Scheme

Government Funded Kickstart Scheme

Access employer grants and free work placements

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 Kickstart 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. 

Get Staffed are on hand to support you throughout the whole Kickstart Scheme – working with you on your application and ensuring you and your Kickstart employee get as much as you can from the process.

We have created a bespoke Kickstart Training Package to provide support on essential skills such as career planning, communication, teamwork, and much more  this is available from just £150 per placement.

“Our country’s future will be built by the next generation, so it’s vital that we harness the talent of young people as we rebuild from the pandemic. 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.”
Rishi Sunak
Rishi Sunak
Chancellor of the Exchequer

£1500 grant per placement

Funding is available for 100% of the applicable National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance and pension contributions. As well as receiving a £1,500 grant per placement.

Get FREE young talent

Use the Kickstart scheme to grow your business at no cost to you. You can invest and train future talent who you’ll be able to retain after the 6 month placement (but have no obligation to if it doesn’t work for you)

Helping a generation

Young people have been hit particularly hard by the recent disruption to the job market. By taking part in the Kickstart job scheme, you’ll be helping a whole generation get back on their feet.

Kickstart Scheme FAQs

We've compiled a list of answers to some common questions relating to the Kickstart job scheme.

Contact us via email or give us a call – we will 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 and have a year’s worth of accounts. Unfortunately, Sole Traders are not eligible.

From the point of application through to approval it usually takes between 4-6 weeks and the DWP will update you directly. Employers can spread the start date of the job placement up until the end of December 2021. 

Once the placement begins, you’ll be responsible for helping participants develop their skills and experience. This includes CV writing, interview skills, career advice and goal setting – but don’t worry, we can provide you a specific Kickstart Training Package to deliver all the essential skills for just £150 per placement 

The Government are funding 100% of the Kickstart Scheme costs so all wages are covered. That’s capped at 25 hours per week of salary at the applicable minimum wage plus all employer pension and national insurance contributions. You’ll also receive a £1,500 grant per Kickstart role you offer to go towards training and support – we can offer the required training for just £150 per placement, alternatively you may decide to train your placement worker internally. 

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.

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