Government Kickstart Scheme

Get full funding for young employees

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has launched a new programme to help young people gain valuable experience and become more employable. As a result, you can now benefit from a new, fully funded employee.

What is the Kickstart scheme?

COVID-19 has left many young people (16-24) relying on universal credit. The Government’s Kickstart scheme is designed to combat this, offering 6-month job placements for young people to develop skills and experience. Placements are fully funded and include:

  • A £1,500 grant to cover training and employability support

  • Subsidised pay up to 25hrs per week at minimum wage

  • Employer national insurance

  • Pension contributions


This scheme is available through the DWP and Jobcentre to anyone who can offer more than 30 roles. If you have fewer vacancies, don’t worry. You can still apply for this fully funded scheme through Offploy, an official Government Gateway. We have already been successful in securing more than £1.3m in grant funding for employers to hire over 140 Kickstarter placements.

How it works

To find out more please call us on

0115 857 3630

  • Apply

    Sign up in just a couple of minutes, providing a few details about your business and the roles you are planning to offer.

  • Decision

    Upon checking your roles are compliant, we’ll let you know once when your funding has been granted within 4-6 weeks.

  • Hire

    Conduct interviews and hire applicants put forward by the Jobcentre, and receive monthly funding instalments.

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