Can you help Kickstart a young person’s career?

The government Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create new, six month job placements for those aged 16 to 24 years, in receipt of universal credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

The scheme is designed to provide high-quality placements to give young people the opportunity to develop skills, confidence and knowledge to secure long-term employment.

Grow your business & invest in future talent

Employers of all sizes can apply for funding

The scheme 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 and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

How we can support you

We are an official Kickstart Gateway provider. If your business is offering placements then we can support your application by applying for the Kickstart Scheme grant on your behalf - submitting all relevant information on your placements and providing the required employability training and specialist training as required.

Employer responsibility

You will support the young people in the workplace to develop their employment skills and experience with support to look for long-term work, support with CV and interview preparation and training to develop their skills, such as team work, organisational and communications skills as part of the role.

You can claim up to


to pay for training for those in placement to develop the skills they need for your workplace and to support costs for essential equipment and clothing.*

*EPNE will take an admin fee of £200 from this amount

What we offer:

Employability training

Employability training is an essential part of the Kickstart Scheme. EPNE can provide this for you at a cost of £600: Action planning – short, medium and long term, communication skills, interpersonal skills, customer service skills, motivation, assertiveness, planning and organising, leadership skills, teamwork, time management, problem solving, mindset qualities, knowledge, skills and behaviours for employment, CV writing and interview skills.

Industry specific training

We can provide training specific to your organisation in the following areas, prices available on request: 18th Edition, abrasive wheels, CSCS, fire safety, food safety, forklift truck, IT skills, Health & Safety (IOSH / NEBOSH), manual handling, overhead crane, PAT testing, personal licence holders, slinger signaller and working at heights.

Progression to Apprenticeship programme

A young person joining your organisation for a Kickstart placement in England can progress on to an apprenticeship with you. You would have access to the full range of financial support the government provides for apprenticeships.