Your Kickstart Gateway

As a Kickstart Gateway organisation we can support you to access government funding that covers the cost of employing 16-24 year olds working 25 hours, for up to 6 months.

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what is the Kickstart Scheme?

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new job placements 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:

Funding will cover for each job placement:

  • Wage subsidy – 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 including: Associated employer National Insurance contribution & employer minimum automatic enrolment pension contributions.

  • Up to £1,500 per job placement for setup costs, support and training

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How it works


As an organisation, we are on a mission to support young people into employment through bespoke programmes of learning and supporting businesses as a Kickstart Gateway. By choosing us as your Kickstart Gateway you will receive:

  • Dedicated 1:1 support from one of our Kickstart Specialists
  • Ongoing updates regarding the status of your Kickstart bid
  • A dedicated Kickstart Toolkit containing job advert & description templates, kickstart contract template, risk assessments and guidance for supporting 16-24 in the workplace.
  • Support to get your jobs advertised on the DWP’s Kickstart job portal.
  • Payment of the £1500 grant for each Kickstart employee on starting with your company
  • Access to our dedicated WorkFIT course to support the delivery of employability based training to your Kickstart employees
  • Sector specific training and support for your Kickstart employees
  • Automated grant payments to reimburse you for the cost of employing your Kickstart employees


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£1500 Kickstart Grant

The £1,500 setup costs will be paid when the young person starts the job placement.

As your Kickstart Gateway, we can work with you to identify your set up costs for your placement and what the remaining funding can be spent on to deliver a bespoke programme of employability skills development and training that benefits both the Kickstarter and your organisation.

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