Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme is helping young people at risk of long term unemployment get into the job market by providing government funding for employers to create six-month job placements.


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:



Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021.


A Kickstart Scheme application must be for a minimum of 30 job placements. If a single employer cannot provide this many job placements, they can find an existing Kickstart gateway, such as a local authority, charity or trade body for help applying.

Further funding is available for training and support so that young people on the scheme can get a job in the future.

More about the scheme

A young person joining your organisation for a Kickstart placement in England can progress on to an apprenticeship with you. You would have access to the full range of financial support the government provides for apprenticeships. The practical period of the apprenticeship must start on, or before, Sunday 31 January 2021.