Government Kickstart Scheme

Full funding for employing 16-24 year olds.

The Department for Work and Pensions has launched a new programme to support young people gain valuable experience and become more employable without any cost to the employer.

Offploy is a recognised Kickstart Gateway supporting employers to hire and train young people through the programme.

As an employer you can access

  • 100% funding for a role of 25 hours per week on minimum wage for 6 months

  • 100% NI contributions

  • 100% Pension contributions

  • Up to £1,500 per 16-24 year old hired through the scheme to cover onboarding, uniform and training costs


The scheme will fund positions that can be supported for a six-month period with no obligation to increase the placement above 25 hours per week or offer employment after the placement. This programme is designed to build young people’s experience and leave them with practical skills and experience for future employment opportunities.

If your business could benefit from an extra pair of hands and you meet the following criteria, please complete our Expression of Interest form below and a member of the team will be in touch within one working day.

Organisations must meet the following criteria

  • Cannot replace existing or planned vacancies

  • Must not cause existing employees, apprentices or contractors to lose or reduce their employment

  • The young people will come recommended from the Jobcentre, you will still choose who you hire


Can I hire less than 30 people?


Yes! Offploy is a recognised gateway on the Kickstart Programme. We represent employers who will not employ more than 30 people through this scheme. We will support you whether you want to hire one young person or many.

Offploy typically supports people with convictions into employment, however, for the purposes of this programme we are supporting all candidates with and without convictions.

Should you have any questions about the Kickstart Scheme, please either complete the form below or call us on 0115 857 3630

Kickstart Expression of Interest
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