Kickstart Scheme

Update: This is due to run until December 2021 with the possibility of an extension.


As part of the economic recovery from coronavirus, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a new Kickstart scheme where the government will either fund or contribute towards new employment roles for 16-24-year olds who would might otherwise struggle to find work during these uncertain times.


What is the new scheme?


  • Six-month work placements 

  • It is for 16 to 24-year-olds

  • It is aimed at those who are on Universal Credit – young people at risk of long-term unemployment 

  • Funding available for each job will cover 100% of National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer NI contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

  • Training must be provided by the employer

  • Support to find permanent work must also be provided by the employer

  • Jobs available must be new and not replacing an existing role – this will need to be proved

  • Applications for the scheme are expected to open in August


"These will be new jobs – with the funding conditional on the firm proving these jobs are additional. These will be decent jobs – with a minimum of 25 hours per week paid at least the national minimum wage". 

Rishi Sunak

The email address shown here is the local DWP contact for assisting with this program in the East Midlands and for applications where you have fewer than 30 places in particular. For other regions, visit the government information link below it.

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