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Kickstart Scheme

What is it?

The Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month job placements for young people.

It was launched on the 8th July after the Chancellor announced the Kickstart Scheme as part of the Plan for Jobs. Funding available for each job placement will cover the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. There will also be funding available to support young people to develop new skills and to help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart funded job.

Through the scheme, you’ll be able to access a large pool of young people with potential, ready for an opportunity. We will initially prioritise young people aged between 16 and 24 who are ready for an opportunity and will be supported by their Jobcentre Plus work coach to enrol in the scheme.


Kickstart Essex

Essex County Council are a Kickstart Gateway, Kickstart Essex is a FREE service to help both employers and young people benefit from the Kickstart scheme.  Our Kickstart Essex team consists of specialist Youth Caseworkers who will work closely with employers, facilitating access to Kickstart candidates via DWP and appropriate training opportunities for candidates.

We are delighted to have the chance to help create exciting opportunities and support Essex employers to attract new talent into their organisations for Essex residents in a challenging employment market.

Speak to the Kickstart Essex team [email protected]




What funding is available

Funding is available for:

  • 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
  • associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

There is also £1500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.


Key information

The job placements created with Kickstart funding must be new jobs. They must not:

•replace existing or planned vacancies
•cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment

The roles you are bidding for must be:

•a minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months
•paid at least the National Minimum Wage for their age group
•should not require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement

All bids should include how you will help the participants to develop their skills and experience with:

•support to look for long-term work
•support with CV and interview preparation
•training to develop their skills, such as teamwork, organisation and communications as part of the role

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