Kickstart Scheme

Can you offer a young person a job placement that will give them the experience they need? Can you help Kickstart a young person’s career? Can you help young people to get the experience they need through a Kickstart Scheme placement?

If you think you can help young people who are currently at risk of long-term unemployment get the experience they need, sign up today!



The Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements for young people, it provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit, who are at risk of long-term unemployment. This prepares young people for their careers, unlocking future job opportunities and tackles youth unemployment.

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

What will my business need to provide?

Business’ commit to providing a high-quality job placement for the young person, enabling them to develop new skills and experience unlocking their great potential.

The job placements created with Kickstart funding must be new jobs…

They must not:

  • Replace existing or planned vacancies
  • Cause existing employees, apprentices or contractors to lose work or reduce their working hours

They must:

  • Be a minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months
  • Pay at least the National Minimum Wage for the employees age group
  • Only require basic training

What about funding?

Employers of any size can apply for funding, which will cover:

  • 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week for a total of 6 months
  • Associated Employer National Insurance contributions
  • Employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

Employers can pay a higher wage and/or for more hours, but funding will not cover this.

Further funding is available for training and support so that young people on the scheme can get a job in the future.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will send the funding to the Kickstart gateway. They will be responsible for giving the funding to you. The Kickstart gateway will get £300 for each job placement to cover admin costs.

What you’ll get:

You will receive £1,500 funding per job placement. This is for setup costs and to support the young person develop their employability skills. If you get someone else to do this for you, such as a Kickstart Gateway, you’ll have to agree how you will share this money.

Benefits of joining the Kickstart Scheme include:

  • You can design a high-quality Kickstart Programme for the young person.
  • The Length of commitment is relatively short
  • This will help your business increase its capacity and productivity – creating a talented and loyal workforce
  • Help the community by tackling young unemployment
  • Your current employees will have the opportunity to build their mentoring and coaching skills.
  • Funding costs are met by the Government

Tell us more...

A Kickstart Scheme application must be for a minimum of 30 placements. If a single employer cannot provide this many job placements, they can find a kickstart gateway, such as a local authority, charity or trade body for help applying.

Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021.

For more details and to apply, contact The Point, one of our team will get back to your shortly.

Telephone:01562 512098


Online Courses

The young person can also work this around our Online Courses, which will upskill your workforce and means they advance in their careers, giving them the skills to progress. Our Online Courses include:

  • L1 Employability Skills
  • L1 Online Digital Skills
  • L2 Business Administration
  • L2 Retail Operations
  • L2 Customer Service
  • L2 Team Leading

Take a look at our Online Courses HERE