Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme was announced by the government in September 2020, as part of efforts to help young people into work and spur Britain’s economic revival.

The Women’s Organisation is a Kickstart Gateway, providing support to employers and processing applications on their behalf.


What is the Kickstart Scheme?

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 thousands of new, fully-funded jobs across England, Scotland and Wales. Placement start dates are currently running until December 2021, with the last placements finishing in June 2022.


What is provided under the Kickstart Scheme?

The funding provided through the scheme per placement includes:

  • 25 hours a week of relevant national minimum wage
  • the associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

There will also be extra funding to support young people to build their experience and help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart Scheme-funded job.


Employability training and support

As part of the scheme, each employee placement must receive employability training and support, including career advice, support with CV and interview preparations, developing skills within the workplace, and helping applicants look for long-term work.


Our role as a Kickstart Gateway

As a Kickstart Gateway, The Women’s Organisation will support employers to access the scheme, process all application and funding administration on their behalf, and provide support and guidance to employers and their new recruits throughout the duration of the placements. We will also support employers to deliver employability training and support.


For more information:

If you are interested in accessing the Kickstart Scheme to provide fully funded, good quality jobs for young people, please get in touch with our team on 0151 706 8111.