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Kickstart Scheme


Can you help Kickstart a young person’s career? If you think you can offer a Kickstart placement that will be fully funded by the government, find out how to get involved

The Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements for young people.

It was announced on the 8th July after the Chancellor announced the Kickstart Scheme as part of the Plan for Jobs. Funding available for each job will cover the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

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. Through the scheme, you’ll be able to access a large pool of young people with potential, ready for an opportunity. We will initially prioritise young people aged between 16 and 24 who are ready for an opportunity and will be supported by their Jobcentre Plus work coach to enrol in the scheme.

As the Kickstart Gateway Calderdale College will:


  • Open to all businesses regardless of size
  • 25 hours a week
  • Funding is available for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions
  • Applications must be for a minimum of 30 job placements. Opportunity to partner with other organisations (this is where Calderdale College step in)
  • There is also £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training (this is where Calderdale College step in)

The Scheme

  • 6 month job placement
  • The job placements created with Kickstart funding must be new jobs
  • They must not: replace existing or planned vacancies or cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment
  • a minimum of 25 hours per week
  • paid at least the National Minimum Wage for their age group
  • should not require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement

How Funding is Paid

  • Employer will receive initial setup costs when they have confirmed the young person has started work, is enrolled on payroll and is being paid through PAYE. This will be managed by Calderdale College.
  • DWP will use information from HMRC to check that the young person is still employed, and will pay the grant in arrears
  • DWP may contact the employer or the young person during the job placement to check what employability support has been offered. This is to make sure the young person has the best experience from the scheme

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

Download the guide below for more info for employers.