Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create new 6 month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of longterm unemployment. 

The job placements should support the participants to develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the scheme.

What funding is available?

Funding is available for:

  • 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
  • associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

There is also £1500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.

Who can apply?

Any organisation, regardless of size, can apply for funding and there is no cap on the number of places. 

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

Creating more than 30 job placements

If your organisation is creating more than 30 job placements as part of the Kickstart Scheme, you can submit your application directly (external website).

Creating fewer than 30 job placements

If your organisation is creating fewer than 30 job placements, you cannot apply directly and you will need an approved representative to apply on your behalf.

As an approved representative, Working Denbighshire can apply on your behalf. 

Apply for the Kickstart Scheme through Working Denbighshire

Our offer as your representative

Working Denbighshire will provide you with an inclusive package of support every step of the way and will:

  • Discuss the placements that you have to offer, confirm eligibility and apply on your behalf
  • Complete a Placement Profile and Job Description with you, if required
  • Provide templates, guidance and recruitment support, if required
  • Liaise with the Job Centre Plus on your behalf to advertise the opportunity
  • Provide pre-employment support so candidates are work ready
  • Provide ongoing support so young people are employable by you or other organisations at the end of their placement.
  • Help participants to move into sustained employment at the end of their placement

More information

Working Denbighshire also provide a similar initiative through our Work Start Scheme. This scheme provides funding to small businesses who have opportunities to provide people who are unemployed and live in Denbighshire to enhance their employment prospects.  

Please contact us if you would like any further information on the Work Start and Kickstart schemes or Working Denbighshire.