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Kickstart Scheme

What is the Kickstart Scheme?

The Kickstart Scheme is a Government incentive put in place to support as many young people and SMEs as possible. The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment.

As an employer, you must have an active PAYE scheme set-up in order to apply for this new incentive. Please contact our Onyx Payroll team who are on hand to process all applications for PAYE registrations.

Kickstart Scheme

Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which 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
  • Employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions
Kickstart Criteria

Problems with Solo Applications

  • The DWP is very slow when liaising with unfamiliar businesses which can delay your application.
  • If the high standards of the DWP with respect to employability training are not met, your business is very likely to get rejected.
  • Extensive communication and admin legwork with the government is required throughout Kickstart.

Using a Kickstart Gateway

  • As a DWP-approved Kickstart Gateway, we can expedite the process through our established relationship with the DWP.
  • Our structured training plan focuses on each Kickstarter’s personal development and our training manager has accumulated over 15 years of experience.
  • We handle all communications & admin work and provide extensive documentation recording our Kickstart program.

You can contact AKR directly to start the Kickstart Scheme process.

To find out how you can obtain the funding needed for work placements for 16-24 year olds, book an appointment now!

Kickstart Scheme


If you would like to know more about the Kickstart Scheme before booking an appointment with AKR, then contact us today on 0121 753 5522. Or if you would prefer, ask us a question online using the form below.

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