What funding is available via the Kickstart Scheme?

Updated: Mar 11

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

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 - 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment. Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers:

  • 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

  • associated employer National Insurance contributions

  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions


Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021. Further funding is available for training and support, so that young people on the scheme can get a job in the future.


From 3 February 2021, employers can apply directly to the Kickstart scheme for any number of job placements. The Government is removing the threshold of 30 job placements.


Businesses can also choose to apply through a Kickstart gateway, including those supporting sole traders. Kickstart gateways already working with the scheme can continue to add more employers and job placements to their grant agreement.

Grants available are:

  • £300 per job placement to cover admin costs

  • £1,500 per job placement for employers


This funding is for setup costs and to support the young person to develop their employability skills. Employers can choose to get someone else to do this for them, such as a Kickstart gateway or a service provider. If they choose to do this they will have to agree how to share the £1,500.


Kickstart Scheme wages and related costs for employers

  • 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

  • associated employer National Insurance contributions

  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

How you will get the funding

If you apply online, DWP will send the funding directly to you. If you apply through a Kickstart gateway, DWP will send the funding to them. The Kickstart gateway will be responsible for sending the funding to you.


Please get in touch if you have any queries about setting this up within your company or managing your payroll as a result.