The KickStart Scheme – How to apply for funding

The KickStart Scheme - How to Apply for Funding

If you are an employer looking to create jobs for young people, you can apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme
The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new jobs for 16 to 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 NI contributions
•    Minimum automatic enrolment pension contributions

Employers can spread the job start dates up until 31 December 2021. You will get funding until 30 June 2022 if a young person starts their job on 31 December 2021.

Further funding is available to provide support so that young people on the scheme can get a job in the future.

There is now a link to a video walk through of the online application in the ‘How to apply – Apply online’ section.

Apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant – GOV.UK (

Kickstart Scheme employer resources

If you have been offered Kickstart Scheme funding, you can use these resources to show your support for the scheme.

Kickstart Scheme employer resources – GOV.UK (

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