Kickstart Scheme


What is the Kickstart Scheme?

Get funding to create jobs for 16 to 24 year olds through the kickstart scheme.

The UK Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion government-funded campaign that aims to provide support for young people seeking employment across all industries and sectors.

We help employers receive funding and additional support through our kickstart gateway.

By creating new employer grants, the kickstart programme aims to encourage employers to join a national effort to get young people into employment. The Kickstart Scheme provides a six-month paid placement for young people between the ages of 16-24 who are currently in receipt of Universal Credit and/or at risk of long-term unemployment.

How does the Kickstart Program Work

The Kickstart Employment Scheme applies to anyone aged 16-24 claiming universal credit, however, each vacancy must meet certain criteria in order to qualify for funding.

The job placements created with funding from the Kickstart programme must be new jobs. Kickstart jobs must not:

  • Replace existing or planned vacancies
  • Cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment

Jobs created through the kickstart scheme must:

  • Be a minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months
  • Pay at least the National Minimum Wage or the National Living Wage for the employee’s age group
  • Only require basic training

For each kickstart job placement, the employer must help the young adult professionally develop their employability skills, such as:

  • Helping them to search for long-term work
  • Offering career advice and setting goals
  • Support writing their curriculum vitae (CV) and interview preparations
  • Developing their skills in the workplace

Kickstart Funding

Businesses that participate in the kickstart programme will receive £1,500 funding per job placement to cover job setup, support and training, which we can help deliver through our employability package, including:

  • 100% of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months
  • The associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • The employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

Participating businesses will also receive a £1,500 incentive per job placement to cover job setup, support and training, which we can help deliver through our employability package, including:

  • A pre-employment program before the kickstart employee starts with you, which is fully funded by us.
  • Employability support throughout the six-month programme
  • A dedicated account manager who will help you through every stage of the process
  • We have access to over 130 online free courses all offered at no additional cost to yourself (some worth up to £1000!) 
  • At the end of 6 months, we can provide advice on the next steps for the participant, including progression into an apprenticeship, retaining the person or supporting them in alternative work

How do I apply for the Kickstart Scheme?

If you are looking to create fewer than 30 Kickstart jobs, you can easily apply through our Kickstart Gateway. Once you’ve completed your kickstart scheme application, The Source Academy will apply for kickstart funding on your behalf, as well as stepping in with support during the employment and application process

To register interest or for more information, complete the kickstart scheme application form below today or email Help Kickstart a young person’s career that will benefit your organisation.

Click the link below for an example application:

Kickstart Agreement

Complete the form below today and help Kickstart a young person’s career that will benefit your organisation:

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Full terms and conditions can be found on the UK Government website.

The benefits of a kickstart scheme gateway

As a credible kickstart gateway, we put together specifications about jobs you intend to offer through the kickstart scheme, sharing this information with the Government’s Department of Work and Pensions so that you don’t have to worry about it. Once processed, we pay your funding straight to you.

Applying through a kickstart gateway saves employers time when applying, creating jobs and communicating with government authorities. We do all of the hard work so that you don’t have to, acting as an intermediary authority on your behalf.


What next?

After you have submitted your kickstart scheme application, you will receive correspondence from The Source Academy, who will notify you of the application’s outcome within one month. The kickstart jobs cannot begin until your application is successfully approved and kickstart grant agreements are signed by the employer and kickstart gateway.


When does the kickstart scheme end?

The kickstart scheme allows employers to process job start dates up until December 31st 2021, with kickstart funding available up until the 30th of June 2022.


Further support

For more information about the kickstart scheme, please get in touch with us at, where we are happy to help with any questions.

For help with finding the right apprentice for your business, visit our recruit an apprenticeship page. For more information about supporting an apprentice, read more about mentoring your apprentice.

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