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Kickstart Scheme

Kickstart Scheme

The West Midlands Combined Authority is proud to be supporting the Kickstart Scheme, which will see thousands of young people gain valuable skills and experience to help them get back into work.

We are calling on businesses across the West Midlands to boost their workforce by taking on a young person.

The Kickstart Scheme Explained

The new £2 billion Kickstart Scheme will create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country.

Employers will create 6-month placements that will be open to those aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit. The Scheme is now open and will run until at least March 2022.

Placements are fully subsidised by the Government, and there is also extra funding to support young people to build their experience and help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart funded job. Specifically, employers will receive funding for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum auto-enrolment pension contributions. For further information about how to apply for funding go to the How to Get Involved section below.

The scheme is open to any employer in any industry. The placements must be new roles that have been created especially for the scheme, and must not take work away from existing (or planned) employees or contractors.

Why Should You Get Involved?

Now, more than ever, it’s crucial that we help and support young people who have been disproportionally impacted by COVID. The Kickstart scheme is a fantastic way for local businesses to help and support a young person on their journey into work, giving them real on-the-job experience, a route into long-term employment, and get our economy back on track as we come out the other side of these difficult times.

The Scheme also supports businesses by helping you add to your workforce, at no cost, for 6 months.

How to Get Involved

If you are a business wanting to offer placements then you will need to apply via our Gateway organisations.

You’ll need to provide the details of your organisation, as well as providing information about the job placements that you intend to offer.

Once employers have registered with a Gateway service, you will be provided with further information about Kickstart, get support to identify new job roles, create job descriptions, and get support with the recruitment process.

Need More Help?

If you'd like more information about the scheme, please email, and someone in our team will get in touch!

If you are an employer who needs support with the Department and Working Pensions (DWP) employer team, then please contact: 

Further information about the scheme can also be found on the Government’s website.