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Key Information

The government’s Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion fund that will subsidise six-month work placements for people aged 16-24  on Universal Credit.

This is part of the government’s Plan for Jobs and aims to create hundreds and thousands of new, fully funded jobs across England, Scotland and Wales.

Through Kickstart, employers can access funding for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

Businesses can currently only register directly if recruiting for 30+ vacancies. CXK is therefore acting as an official intermediary and looking to partner with local organisations who have less than 30 vacancies to offer, helping you make the most of government funding to ease your wage bill whilst making a difference to the lives of local young people.


How to Take Part

If you are an employer looking to create job placements for young people, you can do so in two ways:

  • If you are looking to create fewer than 30 placements, you can do this via CXK. Simply email us at for further information.
  • If you are looking to create more than 30 placements, you can apply here.
How Does It Work?

You can use the Kickstart Scheme to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. The job placements should support the participants to develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the scheme.

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.
  • Support to ensure the young person is assisted through all stages of recruitment and retention – this can be managed with CXK
Who can apply for funding

Any organisation, regardless of size, can apply for funding.

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 applying 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

Each application should include how you will help the participants to develop their skills and experience, including:

  • Support to look for long-term work, including career advice and setting goals
  • Support with CV and interview preparations
  • Supporting the participant with basic skills, such as attendance, timekeeping and teamwork
  • Once a job placement is created, it can be taken up by a second person once the first successful applicant has completed their 6-month term.
How to apply

CXK are here to support you through this process, establishing your placements, managing the funding and supporting the young people.

Register your interest NOW by emailing and we will get back to you with further information.

Click here to complete the application form.

CXK will also be offering wraparound support for Kickstart placements, supporting the employer to develop and provide opportunities to unemployed local young people, and supporting those young people to build the skills and confidence they need to be a success.

Employers interested in accessing the Kickstart Scheme should email, or call 01233 224244.

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