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 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.

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 and to support the young person develop their employability skills.

Working Denbighshire will discuss provision of this support with you.

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, or someone on your behalf, 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

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

Apply for the Kickstart Scheme through Working Denbighshire

Alternatively you can:

Submit your application directly to DWP (external website)

Our offer as your representative

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

Securing a Kickstart Scheme Placement

Working Denbighshire will:

  •  provide employers with advice, guidance and support
  • Check eligibility and provide online application form
  • Put an application forward through Gov.uk
  • Keep employers informed of progress
Preparing for Kickstart Scheme Placement

Working Denbighshire can:

  • Provide advice and support with Job Descriptions, provide templates, guidance and recruitment support, if required
  • Liaise with the Job Centre Plus on your behalf to advertise the opportunity
Delivering a Kickstart Scheme Placement

Working Denbighshire will:

  • support the young person to develop their employability skills so they can get a job in the future
  • Provide training and support to look for long term work, including goal setting, progress reviews, career advice, and support with CV and interview preparations

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.