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Kickstart Scheme


Are you interested in creating a Kickstart job placement for a young person? 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. Small businesses who only need one or two placements can apply via Robinson Grace HR Consultancy to access the Kickstart Scheme.


Funding is available 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 (based on 25 hours per week). There is also £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.


The job placements should support the participants to develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the scheme. Kickstart is not an apprenticeship, but participants may move on to an apprenticeship at any time during, or after their job placement.


The job placements created with Kickstart funding must be new jobs, not replace existing or planned vacancies, or cause existing employees 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


Applying for a 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

  • build skills and confidence

  • act as a stepping stone to further employment