Government Kickstart Scheme is live 

If you’re hiring or considering hiring and need additional support, we can help you make the most of Government funding to ease your wage bill by employing a young person.

The Government’s Kickstart Scheme will subsidise up-to six-month work placements for people aged 16-24 and on Universal Credit.

The scheme is now open for employer applications – simply get in touch with us.

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

Through the scheme, you’ll be able to access a large pool of young people with potential, ready for an opportunity.  Initially the scheme will 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.

If you are an employer looking to create job placements for young people, you can do so in two ways:

· If you are looking to create fewer than 30 placements, the Chamber can support you. Please complete the form here.

  • If you are looking to create more than 30 placements, you can apply here.

How the scheme works

You can use the Kickstart Scheme to create new up-to-6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. The job placements should support the participants to develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the scheme.

Funding is available for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus 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.

Business looking to offer fewer than 30 places, can apply through the Chamber. Funding is available following a successful application process. Simply register your interest here.

Kickstart is not an apprenticeship, but participants may move on to an apprenticeship at any time during, or after their job placement.

Who can apply for funding?

Any organisation that has a Companies House Registration Number or Charity Commission Number, regardless of size, can apply for funding.

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

Each application should include how you will help the participants to develop their skills and experience, including:

  • Support to look for long-term work, including career advice and setting goals
  • Support with CV and interview preparations
  • Supporting the participant with basic skills, such as attendance, timekeeping and teamwork
  • Once a job placement is created, it can be taken up by a second person once the first successful applicant has completed their 6-month term.

How to apply

If your organisation is creating fewer than 30 job placements, we can help you do this, as you are not eligible to able to apply directly. We will support you as an approved Gateway Organisation, bringing together those businesses who want to do less than 30 placements.

If you are looking to create FEWER THAN 30 placements, please register our interest via the Chamber

If you are looking to create MORE THAN 30 placements, you can apply via the .gov website

If you have any questions, please email Pieter Eksteen – Education and Business Partnership Manager at

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said:

“This isn’t just about kickstarting our country’s economy – it is an opportunity to kickstart the careers of thousands of young people who could otherwise be left behind as a result of the pandemic.

The scheme will open the door to a brighter future for a new generation and ensure the UK bounces back stronger as a country.”