The Kickstart Scheme

Worcestershire County Council are an approved gateway provider for the Kickstart scheme. 

What is the Kickstart Scheme? 

The kickstart scheme provides funding for employers to enable them to create unique, exciting job placements for young people. The scheme is currently aimed at 16-24 year olds, who are claiming universal credit and are at risk of long-term unemployment. Employers are supported to create roles which are more than just jobs, employers must offer practical training and skills which will aid the young person’s future. 

Kickstart Job placement criteria for Employers: 

  • the roles created by the employer will offer a 6 month job placement
  • the roles created must be a minimum of 25 hours per week
  • the roles created must not replace any existing or planned vacancies
  • the roles created must not cause existing employees, apprentices, or contractors to lose work or reduce their working hours
  • employers can spread their start dates for kickstart placements up until December 2021

DWP Grant funding

  • the government will fully fund each ‘kickstart placement’, paying 100% of the age-related national minimum wage, national insurance, and pension contributions for up to 25 hours per week
  • employers will receive £1500 per placement they offer on the kickstart scheme, this is to support the employer to cover any set up costs and to offer support to the young person to develop their skills

More information

Employers can register their interest in Kickstart: Here2 Help Business: Kickstart Scheme | Worcestershire County Council

Direct Government link for Kickstart: Kickstart Scheme - GOV.UK (

You will be pleased to hear that you can now search for Kickstart jobs across the West Midlands. If you are a young person interested in Kickstart, then please follow the link for more information on employers taking part. Kickstart Vacancies - #WMKickstartJobs (