The Kickstart Scheme is helping young people at risk of long term unemployment get into the job market by providing government funding for employers to create 6 month long work placements. These placements are for 16-24 year olds who are 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 to cover 25 hours a week 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.

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How to apply?

Funding is available following a successful application process. Employers who can offer 30+ job placements can apply directly to scheme. Employers who would like to offer a smaller number of Kickstart job placements should apply via a gateway organisation, such as West London Business. We are helping to form groups of job placements across a number of employers, which enables businesses to access the scheme and benefit from young talent, as well as helping to give our young people’s careers a kickstart in this difficult time.

We have submitted around 250 placements to DWP so far and are currently not taking on any further applications. Please visit the government’s Kickstart website to find lists of other gateway organisations to work with, or email for further information.

If you would like guidance on how to support the development of the employability skills of young people on Kickstart placements, please contact West London Business and we can connect you with a specialist partner organisation.