How the scheme works

The scheme is to enable businesses to create 6-month job placements for people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

The placements must ensure that they are developing skills and experience that they can use to find work after the placement has finished.

100% funding is available which will include 25 hours a week at National Minimum Wage, plus the National Insurance Contributions and statutory pension contributions.   There is also £1500 per job placement for set up costs, support and training.

You would need to complete an application and funding will be available to those who are successful.  Applications must be for a minimum of 30 job placements or if you are unable to commit to 30 then complete the box below. We will be offering to be a representative to assist small businesses with applying.

Kickstart is not an apprenticeship scheme.


Who can apply?

The placements you have must be new jobs.  They must not be to replace existing or planned vacancies or cause an existing employee or contractor to lose or reduce their employment.

The role must be:

  • a minimum of 25 hours a week for 6 months
  • paid at least the NMW for their age group
  • should not require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job 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

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 we can help

If you would be interested in taking on a placement we will be happy to become an employer representative but we would need a minimum of 30 placements to start this process.

If you are already a service plan client of ours the support for this would be included – otherwise, there would be a small cost included assisting you through this process.

If you would like to find out more and register your interested please complete the below form.



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