Kickstart Scheme


The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds.  Wakefield First will be supporting businesses to access the scheme by acting as a Kickstart representative.

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 hundreds and thousands of new, fully funded jobs across England, Scotland and Wales. The first placements are likely to be available from November.

Funding will cover for each job placement:

-100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week

-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.
Young people can find out more about the Kickstart Scheme at the jobhelp site.
To register for the scheme, employers must meet minimum criteria as set out here


If you’re creating fewer than 30 job placements, a Kickstart gateway can act on your behalf and apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant for you.

They will:

gather information from you about the job placements you’d like to offer

-use this information to submit an online application on behalf of a group of employers

-pass on the relevant payments made by DWP to you (for example the young person’s salary)

They may also:

-share their expertise with you to help you onboard and train young people employed through the scheme, for example supporting those with particular disadvantages or working in certain sectors

-provide employability support directly to young people employed through the scheme
Wakefield First will be acting as a representative for businesses in the Wakefield District that are unable to register for the scheme directly, to ensure our business community has access to the service. 
If you would like to know more about how Wakefield Council can support you with Kickstart, contact us on  marking the subject Kickstart.
Alternatively, there are also a number of other partners working as a Kickstart Gateway in the Wakefield district. 

To find a Kickstart Gateway that may be able to support you in applying for a Kickstart Scheme grant, head here.

Check if you can apply for a grant through the Kickstart Scheme
Apply for a grant through the Kickstart Scheme

Download the Kickstart employer guide here

If you need help with the Kickstart Scheme process or you’d like help finding a representative, you can contact:
-  your local employer contact if you are located in a specific region
-  the national employer contact if you are located across several region