Kickstart Go

What is the Kickstart Scheme?

The government’s Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds, who are currently on Universal Credit. For each employee you hire through the scheme, the government provides a grant for:

This page outlines what’s involved and everything you need to know, but you can also see our KickstartGo Employer Guide for more in-depth information. 

"I urge every employer, big or small, national or local, to hire as many Kickstarters as possible."

Rishi Sunak - Chancellor of the Exchequer

How To Apply For The Kickstart Scheme

Apply


Access your Employer Portal

Await Government Approval

Hire & Claim

Fill out the application form here, or click the button below, to apply using our simple single form.  It will take you about 15 minutes and you will need your companies house number, your business details, the job description of the role you want to employ for, and any supporting information. 

By using KickstartGo, you will get access to an online portal where you can track everything to do with your application.  See progress, add more job roles in the future, and track your payments once you’ve hired. 

We will submit your application as part of our weekly DWP batch submission.  Once your application is submitted, the government “aim to respond within one month“. 

When the government have approved your role, you can start your recruitment process. Your job role will be passed to the local Jobcentre who will forward any potential candidates to you. 

 

Once you’ve successfully employed your first Kickstarter, you can submit your payment requests to us within your employer portal. 

How To Apply For The Kickstart Scheme

Apply

Fill out the application form here, or click the button below, to apply using our simple single form.  It will take you about 15 minutes and you will need your companies house number, your business details, the job description of the role you want to employ for, and any supporting information. 

Access your Employer Portal

By using KickstartGo, you will get access to an online portal where you can track everything to do with your application.  See progress, add more job roles in the future, and track your payments once you’ve hired. 

Await Government Approval

We will submit your application as part of our weekly DWP batch submission.  Once your application is submitted, the government “aim to respond within one month“. 

Hire & Claim

When the government have approved your role, you can start your recruitment process. Your job role will be passed to the local Jobcentre who will forward any potential candidates to you. 

 

Once you’ve successfully employed your first Kickstarter, you can submit your payment requests to us within your employer portal. 

Why Use KickstartGo

Training

Our free links to industry leading training and unique webinars from the UKs leading self-development coach means your employees will have all of tools they need to make a difference to your business and improve their future prospects.

Process

We have streamlined the Kickstart Scheme application process to remove all of the pain points, meaning you can concentrate on finding the perfect candidate and get the support you need to grow your business.

Payments

As a gateway to the Kickstart Scheme we take care of the payments, our systems are secure, and you can be confident that the right governance is in place.

Requirements

Our registration process covers all of the requirements of the Kickstart Scheme. Once you have registered with KickstartGo your application stands the best chance of succeeding.

Things To Know

Funding

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For each individual candidate hired, employers will receive the following in the form of a grant from the government:

  • The national minimum wage, for 25 hours per week
  • 100% of the related national insurance contributions
  • 100% of the related pension contributions
  • £1,500 administration fee

What is the administration fee?

The administration fee should cover any costs incurred in taking on a Kickstart employee.  This could include administration and management time, setup for IT equipment and software licences, and for training Participants to develop work skills and experience (employability support).

When do I get paid?

Payments are made to employers in arrears once a month, which means the business must have the cashflow available to cover the Kickstarter employees wages before being reimbursed.  HMRC checks payroll data to confirm the employee is employed with your business. 

How much do you charge? 

Nothing! Access to our portal service for employers and training resources for employees is provided at no cost to employers.  As a gateway, we are paid directly by the government for our administration.  

How do the payments work?

As your appointed Kickstart Gateway, the government pays all grant funds to us, and we pay it on to you upon receipt. 

Training

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The aim of the scheme

The Kickstart Scheme aims to create new employment opportunities for young people at risk of long-term unemployment. The government therefore requires employers who take part in the scheme to provide training opportunities to Kickstart employees, so that they are more employable at the end of the 6 months.  

Training areas

Training areas can include Career Advice, Setting Goals, CV Support, Interview Preparation, Timekeeping, Team Work.

KickstartGo has you covered

KickstartGo provides a range of training resources for employees in these exact areas, which employers can use to fulfil their obligations for employability support. Employees can access training via their own employee login at KickstartGo.

Eligibility

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Who can apply?

All registered businesses in England, Wales and Scotland are eligible to apply, regardless of size, but the vacancies must be deemed by the government to be “high quality” jobs.  

Can KickstartGo help me?

KickstartGo is an Approved National Gateway so we can help you hire wherever your business is based. 

What else do I need to do?

Employers must also confirm that the job placements are for new jobs and do not:

  • Replace existing or planned vacancies
  • Cause existing employees, apprentices or contractors to lose or reduce their employment
Employers can do this by confirming:
  • There have been no redundancies or changes to hours worked by existing staff in the last 6 months
  • There have been no changes to the size of your overall workforce in the last 6 months apart from normal staff movements
  • That you do not have alternative funding available to you that would normally fund the new positions
Candidates must be paid through your PAYE payroll.
 
Please refer to our Employers Guide for the complete list of qualifying criteria.

Timing

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When you apply

When you apply to us by filling out our application form, your application gets included in our next DWP batch submission.  Upon submission, you will get an automated email with an estimated date of when this will be.

After you apply

Following our batch submission, the government informs us that they “aim to respond within one month”

After your approval

Once your role has been approved by the government, you can hire your Kickstart employee. Your job vacancy will be forwarded to your local Jobcentre and you will receive applications, and can start your normal recruitment process. 

After your employee starts

The administration fee can be applied for on the first week your employee starts, and you will then be paid the first months wages approximately 6 weeks after this.  Monthly wages will be paid once a month thereafter.

General

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General Practice

Aside from the guidelines stated here, everything else involved with taking on an employee falls within normal employment law. 

For first time employers

If this is the first time you are hiring an employee, adhering to general employment law means you must ensure you have the right insurances in place, the right health and safety measures in your working environment, and the correct contracts. On day one of your employee starting with you, you must provide: 

  • Employee Contract
  • Employee Privacy Notice
  • Employee Disciplinary Grievance Policy

We have a recommended partner who can help you get these items in place, if you need – click here for more information. 

Useful Resources

We have put together a series of useful and growing resources that you may find helpful in navigating the Kickstart Scheme.