Kickstart Scheme: information for employers

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers:

  • 100% of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months
  • associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

A Kickstart Scheme application must be for a minimum of 30 job placements and there are 2 ways to make an application:

  • If you’re creating more than 30 job placements you can apply directly by submitting an online application yourself
  • 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)

The Economy & Skills department at Torfaen council can provide employers with up to date information regarding the Governments new Kickstart Scheme.  For an informal discussion, please contact: 01633 647743 or email

 Further information about the Kickstart scheme can also be found at

Posted on: Friday 16th October 2020