Job placement funding for employers

What is the Kickstart Scheme?

The kickstart scheme is a £2billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality, fully subsidised 6 month job placements for young people aged 16-24.

The Scheme was announced by the Chancellor in the Summer as part of the Plan for Jobs.

How does the scheme work?

You can use the Kickstart Scheme to create new job placements for young people who are at risk of long-term unemployment.

Funding available for each job will cover 100% of 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 £1500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training to develop new skills that will help young people move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart funded job.

Through the scheme, you’ll be able to access local young jobseekers.

If you are an organisation creating less than 30 Kickstart opportunities, we are an approved Gateway and can apply to the government on your behalf to ensure that you benefit from the scheme, and administer the funding from the Department of Work and Pensions so every employer receives their grants and financial incentives.

How do employers get involved?
  • You will need to create at least one work placement that is a real job, not replacing an existing or planned role.
  • Each placement must have a job description.
  • Your business must be registered at Companies House.

Providing you meet these criteria, you can join our Partnership by emailing

How to apply for a Kickstart Placement

If you would like to apply for a Kickstart placement you will need to contact Job Centre Plus and speak to a Work Coach. The Work Coach is responsible for putting you forward for a Kickstart Job Placement. They will know of the positions offered by South Essex College and other providers in your area.

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