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Apply for the Kickstart Scheme Here


100% Government Funded Job Placements

Does Your Business Need 6 months extra help? Apply here today!


As an approved Kickstart Gateway for the Kickstart Scheme, we can help businesses apply for the Scheme. Why is this important? As Scheme applications must be for a minimum of 30 Kickstarts, businesses can partner with us to meet this minimum requirement.  

By partnering with HR:4UK, as HR & Employment experts, you can be assured we will help you meet all the requirements of the scheme and select the right Kickstart for your business. Managing the whole application process, providing Kickstart employment contracts and delivering training for skills and experience, HR:4UK will save you time and effort so you can concentrate on running your business. Interested? Then read on to find out more about the Scheme and how to apply.

What is the Kickstart Scheme?

The Kickstart Scheme provides 6-month work placements for 16-24 year olds that receive 100% government funding. The £2 billion Scheme is open to businesses of all sizes throughout England, Scotland and Wales and is aimed at young people who are on Universal Credit and at risk of long term unemployment. Working a minimum of 25 hours per week, each Kickstart work placement will receive government funding for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage, NI and pension contributions. A further £1,500 additional funds are also available per work placement for setup costs, support and training. 

The first Kickstarts are expected to begin at the start of November 2020 and the Scheme will run until December 2021, with the possibility of a further extension. As the Scheme is designed to provide thousands of young people with valuable employability skills, once the first Kickstart has successfully completed their 6-month term, the work placement can then be taken up by a second Kickstart for a further 6 months.  Being a new government scheme, the process is expected to take 4-6 weeks, from the initial application which is then assessed by the DWP before this is then passed to the local Jobcentres, who can then begin to put forward suitable candidates for employers to select.  

Candidate Selection & Funding

The Department for Work and Pensins (DWP) will deliver the Scheme through the local Jobcentres who will forward the candiates to employers for selection. Employers are warned not to advertise the roles as funding will only be released if a Kickstart is placed by the DWP. Strictly governed by the HMRC and DWP, the Kickstart grant will be paid in arrears and the Kickstart monitored throughout their placement to ensure they are achieving the desired experience. Full details of the Kickstart Scheme are given on our webpage here.

How to Apply for the Scheme?

To apply for the Scheme, the Kickstart work placements offered must be a new job for a minimum of 25 hours per week that does not:

  • Replace existing or planned vacancies.
  • Cause existing employees, apprentices or contractors to lose or reduce employment.
  • Require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement.

Kickstart Scheme Application Form

To join the Kickstart Scheme, please complete our Kickstart Scheme application form below. Once your application form has been submitted, we will be in contact with you within 24 working hours to confirm receipt and to request any further information. We will also require a job description for each work placement and details of what the applicant needs to do to apply for the job placement. For example, if employees need to apply for your Kickstart work placement using a company application form, then you will be asked to provide us with a copy of this company application form. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us and we can happily help you 01455 444 222 |