Kickstart Scheme

Kickstart Scheme

The government Kickstart Scheme provides 6 month long high quality work placements aimed at young people (aged 16 to 24) who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long term unemployment. As such, Kickstart roles should not require a high level of experience of skills for young people to apply.

Funding is available for each job to cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. There is also £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training. Find out more here.

The Chamber is an approved Gateway representative for organisations wishing to apply. The Chamber invites businesses to complete the form below as an expression of interest in this scheme. Once received we will forward further details of the requirements.

The scheme has been extended until 31st March 2022 however all new applications for placements must be made by 17th December 2021.

Why use a Gateway?

Our gateway is offering more than just a route into the scheme. Our experience enables us to answer questions quickly and provide additional resources and advice.  We can also facilitate access to training, providing local connections and managing the application process.  All at no change to the employer.

Kickstart Employer Feedback:

“I’m amazed to see that there have been a good number of well qualified candidates with enthusiasm to our placement descriptions. My business will benefit from the scheme, and hope the young people can gain a lot too”  Lawrence Liao – Oakhouse Software Ltd

Why not consider moving your Kickstart employee on to an apprenticeship after the 6 months scheme finishes?  Watch this recently recorded session with South Thames College Group for more info.