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Understanding the Kickstart Scheme

If you're an employer and are looking to create jobs for young people (16-24 year olds), the Kickstart Scheme means you can apply for grant funding to help with costs.

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 provides:

  • £1,500 per job, to be spent on setup costs and supporting the young person to develop their employability skills

  • 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

You can apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant by either:

Please note: If you are successful in applying for a Kickstart Scheme grant, jobs are only available for Universal Credit claimants aged 16 to 24 who are referred to you by DWP.

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