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.


Employers of all sizes will be funded to offer new roles. Further funding is available so employers can support young people to develop their skills and to help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart funded job.

Funding will cover for each job placement:

  • 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
  • the associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

More about the scheme

Hear about the benefits of the Kickstart scheme from Frances Milner of The Prince’s Trust and Neil King from Network Rail.