Kickstart Scheme - UK

Last revised: 20th December 2021

The Kickstart Scheme in the UK provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment.

Originally due to end on 31 December 2021, it has since been announced (4th October 2021) that the scheme has been extended until March 2022.

EDIT: Employers can no longer apply for funding.

Employers of all sizes had until 17 December 2021 to apply for funding which covers:

On top of this funding, an additional £1,500 payment is also made to the employer per placement to support with setup costs and employability training.

Although applications for funding are no longer accepted, those employers who applied before 17 December 2021 can spread the start dates of the job placements up until 31 March 2022, with funding available for 6 months once the young person has started.

For further information about the scheme visit the Association of Cycle Traders (ACT) website.