The Kickstart Scheme is an excellent opportunity to not only grow your business, but also invest in young people and help provide them with a head start in their careers, many of whom are struggling to find employment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a specialist Kickstart Gateway organisation, we can support your organisation by confirming your eligibility, guiding you through the process and applying on your behalf, all free of charge.

What is the Kickstart Scheme?

The Chancellor announced the Kickstart Scheme in June as a new government initiative to help provide new high-quality employment opportunities to thousands of young jobseekers across the country and assist the UK economic recovery following the coronavirus pandemic.

As part of the government’s ‘Plan for Jobs’, the £2 billion scheme aims to create new 6-month job placements with local employers across England, Scotland and Wales for young people aged 16-24 years old who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

For each job placement, the funding available to you as the employer will cover:

  • 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, with employers able to top up wages
  • The associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • Employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions
  • An additional payment of up to £1500 to help support set up costs, initial training and provide the candidate with additional employability support

As an employer, you can use the Kickstart scheme to provide new roles for some of the 250,000 young people on welfare benefits and help them develop skills and experience to find work.

What are the benefits for employers?

By taking part in the Kickstart scheme, you will:

  1. Receive government funding to pay for 100% of the minimum wage for a placement, and up to an additional £1500 to help support training and other costs
  2. Provide the opportunity to kickstart the careers of thousands of young people who could otherwise be left behind as a result of the pandemic
  3. Protect jobs and reduce unemployment rates, at a time where youth unemployment is as high as 11.6% nationally and only increasing
  4. Be able to take advantage of an enormous pool of potential young talent with 628,000 eligible jobseekers across Britain as a whole
  5. Contribute towards the UK’s economic recovery from the effects of COVID-19

Am I eligible?

Any organisation, regardless of size, can apply for funding providing the roles you offer:

  • are for a minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months
  • are paid at least the National Minimum Wage for their age group
  • do not replace existing or planned vacancies or cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment

To take full advantage of this opportunity, simply:


  • Fill out our quick online application form and a member of our team will be in touch to take you through the next steps.

Wraparound Support

Each employer is expected to support young people in Kickstart roles by providing wraparound support to help them develop the work skills required to move into some form of sustained employment on completion of their placement. This would include help with CV writing, interview preparation, or training to develop their communication or timekeeping skills.

At Embracing Future Potential, we can manage and deliver this support on your behalf so you can focus on other priorities.

How do I apply?

If you are creating fewer than 30 job placements

If your organisation is creating fewer than 30 job placements you cannot apply directly, however as an employer representative, we can provide support by taking away the hassle of finding other organisations to partner and connecting you with other Kickstart employers.

As a Kickstart Gateway, we will:

  • Gather information from you about the job placements you’d like to offer
  • Use this information to submit an online application on your behalf with a group of other employers
  • Pass on the relevant payments made by DWP to you (for example the young person’s salary)
  • Provide you with a variety of employability skills and additional development options

If you are creating more than 30 job placements

If your organisation is creating more than 30 job placements as part of the Kickstart Scheme, we can assist you by gathering all the information needed to submit a complete application on your behalf.

To find out more information, get in touch with a member of our kickstart team.

How does it work?

After we submit an application on your behalf, young people will be referred directly to you through their Jobcentre Plus work coach, and you can go through your usual recruitment processes to select a suitable candidate.

We will transfer your initial setup payment when you are able to confirm the young person has started work, is enrolled on your payroll and is being paid through PAYE.

The Department for Work and Pensions will use information from HMRC to check that the young person is still employed and will pay remaining funding in arrears. The remaining funding payments towards wages and other associated contributions are made in arrears at month 2, 4 and 6 of the work placement.

The first participants set to take up Kickstart roles from November this year, with the scheme expected to remain open until December 2021 and the final cohort of six-month roles to end in Summer 2022.

To take full advantage of this opportunity, simply:


  • Fill out our quick online application form and a member of our team will be in touch to take you through the next steps.
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