Kickstart Scheme

Information on the Kickstart scheme and how Bolton Businesses can get involved.

Support for our young people to gain valuable workplace experience is even more crucial during this challenging climate.

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.

What's in it for you?

The opportunity to give a young person paid work experience with funded in-work support to develop vital workplace skills.

£1,500 per job placement

You’ll get £1,500 funding per job placement. This is for setup costs, such as uniforms and essential workplace kit, and to support the young person develop their employability skills with an in-work development programme.  If you apply through a Kickstart Gateway they can provide a development programme supported by this funding. If someone else helps you to do some of this for you, you’ll have to agree how you will share this money.

The funding covers:

Employers can pay a higher wage and for more hours but the funding will not cover this. Job placements can be spread up until the end of December 2021.

How to apply

You can apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant by either:

What is a Kickstart gateway?

A Kickstart gateway can be any type of organisation, such as a local authority, charity or trade body that already has a Kickstart Scheme grant agreement with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). They can add employers and job placements to this grant agreement.

Getting help from an approved Kickstart Gateway, who will:

  • gather information about the job placements you’d like to offer
  • share this information with DWP on your behalf
  • pay the funding to you (for example the young person’s salary)

They may also offer employability support to the young people in the job placement.

Partnering with one of these organisations does not guarantee that you will get Kickstart Scheme funding. Your application will be assessed against the Kickstart Scheme criteria.

Kickstart Gateways in Greater Manchester

There are other gateway providers supporting employers with Kickstart applications - a full list can be found at Find a Kickstart gateway.

Job placement criteria

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

  • replace existing or planned vacancies
  • cause existing employees, apprentices or contractors to lose work or reduce their working hours

The job placements must:

For each job placement you must help the young person become more employable. This could include:

  • looking for long-term work, including career advice and setting goals
  • support with curriculum vitae (CV) and interview preparations
  • developing their skills in the workplace

If you are not eligible for Kickstart Scheme funding, find out about other employment schemes.

The young person may be able to move to another employment scheme when they’ve finished their 6-month Kickstart Scheme job placement.

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Published: 23rd February 2020