New Kickstart programme to help people find work

New Kickstart programme to help people find work

Kickstart work programme

A new, national Kickstart work programme has been set up. The scheme aims to give young people the best possible chance of getting a job in times when the job market is facing many challenges.

Kickstart is a £2billion fund set up by the government to create high-quality, six-month work placements for people aged 16-24, who are out of work and on Universal Credit. Young people have the chance to develop skills and gain experience to find permanent work after completing the scheme.

Selected out-of-work young people, who are currently on Universal Credit, will be offered six-month work placements, for at least 25 hours a week.

Thousands of young people have already been furloughed or lost their jobs. There are already more than 800,000 under-24-year-olds on Universal Credit.

How can young people take part?

Jobcentre staff will identify people at risk of long-term unemployment to refer to the scheme.

If you are between 16 and 24, out of work and currently claiming Universal Credit, speak to your Jobcentre work coach to see if they can refer you to the scheme.

How can businesses take part?

Employers from all industries in the private, public and voluntary sectors can participate in the scheme.

The government will be covering 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week for each young person, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

Businesses taking part in the scheme will also be receiving £1,500 per job placement for setup costs, support and training.

Employers with a minimum of 30 job placements can register on the government’s website.

Ealing Council will be participating in the Kickstart scheme as an employer. If you want to know about vacancies when they are published, email

The scheme will run until at least December 2021 and covers the whole of the UK.