Kickstart Go

We have put together a list of frequently asked questions, where you should be able to find the answers to any questions you have about the scheme or how KickstartGo works.

To apply visit our homepage and simply fill out the registration form.  This single form is all you need to do to apply.  Once you submit the form, it will be included in our next batch of 30 applications to the DWP.

Our current average for gathering a batch of 30 roles for DWP submission is currently 6 days. However, if you know of any businesses that could benefit from the scheme, please let them know about KickstartGo. The more applications we get, the quicker we can process each batch.

The last response we had from the DWP was:  “Due to the high volume of applications, applications are taking 4 – 6 weeks to process”.

Once your application is submitted, DWP decides on the outcome and we as your gateway have no further control. DWP have their own due diligence procedure and will let us know if they require anything further from the applications that have been submitted. Our online application includes validity checks and includes all the employer’s criteria that is required by the DWP.  We are in regular contact with DWP and will advise you as soon as we have any updates. For additional information, please refer to our KickstartGo Employer Guide.

The below table provides a summary of all the funding and the costs involved.


KickstartGo Receives

Employer Receives

Employer candidate placement grant – £1,500


KickstartGo candidate placement grant – £300


Employee wages


100% National minimum wage

Employer National Insurance contributions

Employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

More information is available on our How The Kickstart Scheme Works and KickstartGo Employer Guide pages.

To apply you will need to have your business details (Companies House or Charity number), the address of your business, the address of where your successful candidates will work (if different to your business address), and the job description of the vacancies you are looking to fill. During the application, you will also need to provide supporting information on how the jobs are new jobs, and not replacing existing roles.

There are many reasons that this could happen and the scheme is there to support young people’s employability, not to claw back funding or penalise employers. If a Kickstarter leaves before the end of their six month contract, all you need to do it notify us (and therefore HMRC) that the candidate is no longer with you.  Then you can employ another Kickstarter and receive the employer candidate placement grant and employee wages for the new candidate. 

 Yes, you can hire as many candidates as you require to fill any new roles you have to offer. In fact, Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer stated “I urge every employer, big or small, national or local, to hire as many Kickstarters as possible.”

 In order to match the right candidate to your job requirements it is important to provide a job description that details all of these. Please refer to our KickstartGo writing the right job description.

Following the recent announcement by the government, it is now possible that gateways can employ a Kickstarter on behalf of companies that would not have qualified before. This is something we are currently investigating but as you can imagine, there are a few legalities we need to work out first to ensure any risk to us, the employer and the employee are mitigated. 

As soon as we hear back from our Insurers, legal counsel, HR representatives and are able to work through the risks, we will update our site and get in touch with anyone who has registered interest. 

Yes, we take data security very seriously and ensure we are compliant by regularly assessing any security risks and implementing appropriate security controls to mitigate identified risks. We are registered with the UK Information Commissioner’s Office under number ZA792676. Please refer to our Privacy Policy for more information.

As things are regularly changing and each business is impacted differently, you should always refer to the latest government issued guidance for up to date information. We have developed a Preparing Your Business During The Coronavirus Pandemic page that may help, and our overall advice to companies is that businesses can benefit from using the Kickstart Scheme even during lockdown, with a variety of working methods available including remote working.  Applying for the Kickstart Scheme has not been effected by government lockdowns. 

KickstartGo have a dedicated support mailbox which you can email with question at any time, even if it is just to say hi.  Our support email address is is here to make the process as simple as possible, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

Yes, the Kickstart Scheme has been provided by the government in order to increase the employability of young people.  As such the government expects you to train the employees in areas which will increase their employability at the end of the 6 month programme, for example with CV writing skills, interview techniques etc.  KickstartGo provides a range of training in exactly these areas which will fulfil your employer’s requirement.  You can find more information about this in our Training Centre on our home page

We have not seen any specific requirement related to this but we would recommend that you and your employee keep a training log of what has been provided and carried out.  The DWP reserve the right to check this with employers who have hired through the Kickstart Scheme.

Once the candidate is successfully hired by your business, you should follow the standard employment practices that your business carries out, therefore it is up to you as the employer whether, or how often, you carry out appraisals.  The DWP reserve the right to interview you and your employees whilst you are in receipt of the Kickstart Scheme grants. 

Once your role is approved the DWP will pass your job vacancy to the local job centre of where your role is based. Candidates matching the job description will apply to you via the job centre. KickstartGo also publish all available vacancies on our website for candidates to view, but they must apply through the job centre to be eligible for the scheme.

In order to meet the government’s requirements in becoming an employer, checks are performed to show your organisation is established, reputable and financially solvent. You are more likely to be approved if you:

  • Have existed for a while
  • Regularly and recently submitted accounts
  • Have a credit score which is a low risk category
  • Have a low probability of imminent business failure
  • Have enough liquid assets to pay your debts
  • Do not have any recent county court judgments (CCJs)

These factors are taken into consideration when assessing your Kickstart Scheme application. Failing one or more of these does not mean you will not be approved.

Yes, this is very important. You must show that you intend to support the young person on their Kickstart Scheme placement, so that they increase their chances of finding work once the six-month job placement has ended.

A Kickstart Scheme job placement should give the young person real workplace skills that will make a difference to their prospects of finding work in the future.

This can include training, the opportunity to try new tasks and build new skills, or helping improve their existing skills.

In selecting Kickstart Scheme grant recipients, the government will carry out checks to ensure all of these criteria are met.

There are two parts to the process when providing job descriptions.

Firstly, as part of your application, we capture basic job information of the jobs you have available. This is required for the DWP batch submission.

Secondly, we capture detailed job information that you need to provide. This is needed by the DWP so that they can load the job information on the Universal Credit system for candidate selection and placement.

The DWP has provided a template of the job information required. Once you log into the portal and view your jobs, you can edit them and provide the additional information.

We recommend this information is completed as soon as possible so that when your roles are approved by the DWP, we can respond straight away and have your roles published.