Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart scheme is a fantastic opportunity for your business to create 6-month placements for talented 16 – 24-year-olds and get financial support to do it!

What is the incentive?

For each young person you offer a placement to, the Government will fund their salary for 25 hours per week at the National Minimum Wage (any additional hours worked will be paid by you). The Government will also cover their National Insurance and employer pension contributions.

You will also receive a one-off payment of £1,500* to support set-up and training costs. *see support packages

We can apply on your behalf, saving you time! Contact Pieter Eksteen on 07468 474307 or email for more information.

How does it work?

The following funding rules apply:

  • Funding will be used to create six-month, meaningful jobs for young people aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit who are then referred to you by DWP for employment opportunities.
  • You can only use the funding to employ participants in new jobs. The jobs must not replace existing or planned vacancies; or cause current employees, apprentices, or contractors to lose work or reduce their working hours.
  • All jobs supported by Grant funding must be for a minimum of 25 hours a week, for six months, and pay at least the National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage (as applicable) for the Placement’s age group, National Insurance, and minimum automatic enrolment pension contributions.
  • You will help participants develop their skills and experience to find work with you or another employer after completing the Kickstart Scheme.

If you would like more information about the Kickstart scheme, Contact Pieter Eksteen on 07468 474307 or email

How the Chamber can help?

East Midlands Chamber is an approved Kickstart Gateway, which means that we can apply for Kickstart funding on your behalf and support you in onboarding your placements.

As part of our service, we will pre-screen your company to ensure you meet DWP eligibility criteria before submitting your application.

Using East midlands Chamber as your Kickstart gateway, you will also have access to the wide array of other business services available.

We are working with trusted registered training providers who provide a dedicated careers service to support you in your commitment to develop their skills and find work with another employer after completing the Kickstart Scheme…if you don’t recruit them permanently.

Hear what an employer has to say...

Theo Kirk from Express Recruitment Ltd is one local business that has already accessed the Kickstart Scheme using the Chamber as their Gateway.

"Our Kickstart journey has been simple, non-complicated, cost-effective, methodical, well-informed, and ultimately highly successful for both our Kickstart employee and our business. Regardless of company size, age, sector, or industry, most commercial businesses share a common aim to satisfy their customers, survive, and financially thrive irrespective of the Coronavirus pandemic. In our experience, Kickstart has seamlessly supported those aims. The Chamber has been extremely informative and offered in-depth information and support throughout the process.”

Premium Employer package

  • East Midlands Chamber will handle your Kickstart application and your employer and participant payments.
  • Support from East Midlands Chamber is on offer where needed to support yourself and the Placement during this journey.
  • East Midlands Chamber will provide you with a Kickstart Template Fixed-Term Contract of Employment
  • East Midlands Chamber will deliver a tailored Employability Training program (Digital and Non-Digital roles) and take care of all the funding audit requirements.
  • East Midlands Chamber will conduct regular feedback/reviews with you and your Kickstart Placement.
  • East Midlands Chamber will complete an exit package with the Placement to ensure their future prospects are met, i.e., Apprenticeship, Employment, or Further Training needed.
  • This package costs £375 and will be deducted from the £1,500 initial Grant payment.

How to apply

You have until 16 December 2021 to apply. You can complete our Application form here Apply Here. Your Kickstart Placement must start on or before 31 March 2022.


If you would like more information about the Kickstart scheme, Contact Pieter Eksteen on 07468 474307 or email