Kickstart Scheme

A Fully Funded Job Placement Programme for 16-24 Year Olds

Kickstart is the UK Government scheme providing funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for 16 to 24-year-olds who are currently on Universal Credit and are at risk of long-term unemployment.

The funding will cover:-

  • 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week.
  • Employer National Insurance contributions.
  • Employer minimum automatic pension enrolment contributions.

    In addition, there is funding to support the young person to develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the placement.

The job placements must not:

  • replace existing or planned vacancies.
  • cause existing employees, apprentices or contractors to lose work or reduce their working hours.

The job placements must:

  • be a minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months
  • pay at least the National Minimum Wage or the National Living Wage for the employee’s age group
  • only require basic training
  • help the young person become more employable.

Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021.

How to Get Involved

From 3rd February 2021 employers can apply directly to the UK Government to become a Kickstart employer regardless of the number of Kickstart placements they can offer.   Employers can apply directly to the UK Government via this link

Alternatively, you may want to apply via a Kickstart Gateway organisation.  Please note Inverclyde Council is not a Kickstart Gateway.  The local DWP contact for Kickstart is Claire Morrow, , Tel: 01475 509242, who will be able to advise which organisations are approved Gateways for the Inverclyde area.     

How to Get a Kickstart Job

Kickstart jobs are for 16-24-year-olds who are in receipt of Universal Credit and who are at risk of becoming long term unemployed. If you are interested in the scheme, please contact your Job Centre Work Coach.