Kickstart Scheme

Kickstart Scheme

How the scheme works

You can use the Kickstart Scheme 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.

The Kickstart Scheme is available in England, Scotland and Wales.

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.


Any organisation, regardless of size, can apply for funding.


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


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.

All enquiries are to be directed to Blue Davies at British Marine on

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