Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create jobs for 16 to 24 year olds that are claiming Universal Credit.

kickstart scheme

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers:

  • 100% of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months
  • associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • minimum automatic enrolment pension contributions

Employers can spread the job start dates up until 31 December 2021. You’ll get funding until 30 June 2022 if a young person starts their job on 31 December 2021.

Further funding is available for training and support so that young people on the scheme can get a job in the future.

Contact information

If you need help with the Kickstart Scheme process or you want to add more jobs or employers to your grant agreement, you can contact:

  • your local employer contact if you are located in a specific region
  • the national employer contact if you are located across several regions

Can you help young people to get the experience they need through a Kickstart Scheme placement?

If you think you can help young people who are currently at risk of long-term unemployment get the experience they need, sign up today!

gov.uk/kickstart