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Kickstart scheme

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24-year olds. Employers looking to create job placements for young people could apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme.

The scheme can be used to create new 6 months job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. The job placements should support them to develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the scheme.

The DWP has produced A Guide for Employers which covers the detail about the scheme.

Funding available for each job will cover the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. There will also be funding available to support young people to develop new skills and to help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart funded job. Through the scheme, you’ll be able to access a large pool of young people with potential, ready for an opportunity.

The scheme will initially prioritise young people aged between 16 and 24 who are ready for an opportunity and will be supported by their Jobcentre Plus work coach to enrol in the scheme.

Can any employer apply for Kickstart fund?

If your organisation is creating more than 30 job placements as part of the Kickstart Scheme, you can submit your application directly here

Employers with less than 30 placements

If your organisation is creating fewer than 30 Kickstart job placements, you must partner with others which could include: similar employers, local authorities, trade bodies, registered charities.

List of Intermediaries to apply for Kickstart Scheme grant on behalf of yourself

What costs will the funding cover for an employer?

Each job will cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. On top of the wage subsidy, £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.

What else do I need to know?

The job placements created with Kickstart funding must be new jobs. They must not:

  • replace existing or planned vacancies
  • cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment

The roles you are bidding for must be:

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

Further information

Guidance information

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Nearly 150 potential job placements have been identified from around 50 local employers just three weeks after the launch of the government’s Kickstart scheme in Charnwood. Loughborough College was praised by Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak for the key role it is playing in matching employers with young people as part of the scheme which went live on 28th September. The £2billion Kickstart programme enables employers to offer six-month job placements for16-24-year-olds at risk of long-term unemployment.  So far, 48 Charnwood employers are on board with a total of 143 potential roles identified – including 63 at the College. The initial target was at least 100 job placements. The College’s Ofsted ‘outstanding’-rated apprenticeships and employer engagement team is working closely with Loughborough MP Jane Hunt, Charnwood Borough Council, Loughborough BID and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to deliver the programme. Jo Maher, Principal and CEO at Loughborough College, said: “I am delighted that so many local businesses have seized this opportunity to support the recovery from Covid, boost the local economy and add much needed capacity to the local workforce. “The response across the borough has been outstanding and it is a fantastic reflection of the passion within the Charnwood business community that we’ve smashed our initial target of 100 potential job placements. “I’m also extremely proud that the College has identified more than 60 job placements on campus. I hope that even more employers can see the benefits of the scheme and sign up to support the community.” Businesses who sign up through Loughborough College will be guided through the application process by the College’s expert team who will even make funding applications on their behalf. The first intake of Kickstart Scheme employees is expected to start work in November 2020. The government has committed to fully funding each “Kickstart” job - paying 100% of the age-relevant National Minimum Wage, National Insurance and pension contributions for 25 hours a week. Employers will be able to top up this wage, while the government will also pay employers £1,500 to set up support and training for people on a Kickstart placement.  Loughborough MP Jane Hunt said: “This is incredible news and is testament to the hard work of everyone involved, including the amazing apprenticeship team at Loughborough College. Once again, Loughborough is leading the way; within such as short amount of time the team have helped to create a huger number of work placements which is great for both young people and businesses locally.”   Cllr Shona Rattray, lead member for business support for Charnwood Borough Council, said: “It’s brilliant to see there has been such a positive response to this fantastic opportunity from many firms in such a space of time.”   Lisa Brown, Love Loughborough BID Manager, said: “Without the help of Loughborough College we wouldn’t have been able to help our SMEs access this scheme. Partnership working across Charnwood will enable small businesses to be able to offer fantastic job placement opportunities to more than 100 young people, with all the resources and support to make the recruitment process as seamless as possible.” To find out how to sign up for Kickstart in Charnwood, email or visit to register an interest.

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