Kickstart Scheme


The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds.

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. This is part of the government’s ‘Plan for Jobs’ and aims to create hundreds and thousands of new, fully funded jobs across England, Scotland and Wales.

There will also be funding available to support young people to develop new 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
  • training the kickstart employee in employability skills

Applications must be for a minimum of 30 job placements. If you are unable to offer this many vacancies, you can partner with other organisations to reach the minimum number.

CLICK HERE to read the Government’s guide to Kickstart for employers.

How Go Train can help employers interested in Kickstart:

  1. We can tell you more about the scheme
  2. We can support you by providing the compulsory training element of the kickstart programme
  3. We can act as an intermediary and manage a group application so you can partner with other organisations to meet the minimum number of 30 job placements if you do not have 30 jobs yourself.

Find out more by contacting one of our Employer Engagement Officers by completing the form below:


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