The Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion scheme to create thousands of high-quality 6-month job placements for 16 – 24 year olds.

The Kickstart Scheme is part of the plan for jobs and supports young people to develop new skills that will help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart Scheme job placement.

The Kickstart Scheme provides organisations of all sizes, across the private, public and voluntary sectors with the opportunity to access a large pool of young people with potential.

On confirmation of the job start, the employer will be paid £1,500 per job placement to support overhead costs i.e. equipment, employability support, on the job training etc.. The funding available for each job will cover the relevant National Minimum Wage rate for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions, and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.


The Kickstart Scheme job placements are funded using a grant agreement. There are rules around who grants can be paid to.

Checks must be made to show your organisation is established, reputable and financially solvent.

You are more likely to be approved if you:

  • have existed for a while
  • regularly and recently submitted accounts
  • have a credit score which is a low risk category
  • have a low probability of imminent business failure
  • have enough liquid assets to pay your debts
  • do not have any recent county court judgments (CCJs)

These factors are taken into consideration when government are assessing your Kickstart Scheme application. Failing on one or more of these does not mean you will not be approved.


  • Show that your organisation is able to provide a six-month Kickstart Scheme job placement and that your organisation is established and financially stable.

    • You can demonstrate this in a number of ways – ie your company has existed for a while, regularly and recently submitted accounts.

  • Your Kickstart Scheme job placement must give a meaningful experience of work.
    • This means that the work should be meaningful, with clear duties, responsibilities and goals.
  • All Kickstart Scheme job placements should be additional jobs.
    • Kickstart Scheme job placements should not replace roles that already exist, or that you were intending to create without the Kickstart Scheme.
    • This means that you cannot use the Kickstart Scheme to replace a person in an existing job, or to fill a vacancy that already existed.
  • Kickstart Scheme job placements should increase future chances of work.
    • You must show that you intend to support the young person on their Kickstart Scheme job placement, so that they increase their chances of finding work once their six-month job placement has ended.

A Kickstart Scheme job placement should give the young person real workplace skills that will make a difference to their prospects of finding work in the future.

This can include training, the opportunity to try new tasks and build new skills, or helping them to improve their existing skills.

In selecting Kickstart Scheme Grant Recipients, government will carry out checks to ensure all of these criteria are met.


East Midlands Chamber encourages businesses to get more young people into work by taking advantage of the new Kickstart Scheme. As an approved Gateway Organisation and would be delighted to support you.

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If you have any questions, please email Pieter Eksteen – Education and Business Partnership Manager at kickstart@emc-dnl.co.uk

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said:

“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.”