Plan for Jobs

The Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements for young people.

The placements are open to those aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

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.

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Applications must be for a minimum of 30 job placements. If you are unable to provide this many vacancies, we can support finding a partner organisation to reach the minimum number


Through the scheme, we can source you a large pool of young talent with great potential, ready to make an impact


Employers will interview applicants and select the best candidate for the role

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 applying 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

All applications should include how you will help the participants to develop their skills and experience with:

  • support to look for long-term work

  • support with CV and interview preparation

  • training to develop their skills, such as team work, organisation and communications as part of the role

If your organisation is creating fewer than 30 job placements you must partner with other organisations in order to create a minimum of 30 job placements before applying.

Other organisations could include:

  • similar employers

  • local authorities 

  • trade bodies

  • registered charities