The Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion fund to create hundreds
of thousands of high-quality 6-month work placements for
young people.

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About the Kickstart scheme

It was announced on the 8th July after the Chancellor announced the Kickstart Scheme as part of the Plan for Jobs. Funding available for each job will cover the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

There will also be funding available to support young people to develop new skills and to help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart funded job.

Through the scheme, you’ll be able to access a large pool of young people with potential, ready for an opportunity. We will initially prioritise young people aged between 16 and 24 who are ready for an opportunity and will be supported by their Jobcentre Plus work coach to enrol in the scheme.

How to get involved

Employers from all industries and across the private, public and voluntary sectors can get involved.



All the information
you need to apply is
available online:


Employers will
interview applicants
and select the best
candidate for the role.


Applications must be for
a minimum of 30 job
placements. If you are
unable to offer this many
vacancies, you can partner
with other organisations
to reach the minimum


Once your application is
accepted it will be sent to
your local Jobcentre where
a Work Coach will select a
number of suitable young
people who are at risk of
long-term unemployment
and ready for work.

The job placements created with Kickstart funding must be new jobs. They must not:

•Replace existing or planned vacancies
•Cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment

The roles you are applying for must be:

•a minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months
•paid at least the National Minimum Wage for their age group
•should not require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement

All applications should include how you will help the participants to develop their skills and experience with:

•support to look for long-term work
•support with CV and interview preparation
•training to develop their skills, such as teamwork, organisation and communications as part of the role

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