Kickstart scheme

We have answered a number of your most frequent questions about the Kickstart Scheme below. If you have any additonal queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Q. Can I apply as a sole-trader?
A. No – we can only act for Limited Companies. Sole-traders should apply through a Gateway Plus.

Q. Can I advertise a role and fill it myself?
A. No – the role must be advertised and filled by your local job centre via the Kickstart scheme.

Q. Can anyone between 16 and 24 apply?
A. They must be registered for Universal Benefits otherwise they won’t qualify for placement through the scheme.

Q. What if I already have an applicant in mind?
A. If they are claiming Universal Benefits and qualify for the scheme, you can direct them to the job centre handling your placement and they can apply there.

Q. Can I access the scheme to pay a young person in an existing role?
A. Unfortunately not. The job placements created with Kickstart funding must be new jobs.

Q. How many applicants will be put forward by the job centre for my placement?
A. Currently between 5 and 8 applicants will typically be put forward for each role.

Q. Will potential applicants be matched to my placement according to experience and skill sets?A. That is the aim of the scheme. The better your job description/role spec, the better suitable candidates can be matched to the placement.

Q. Does the grant cover wage, NI and contributions for 6 months? And when and how is this paid?
A. It covers 25 hours a week at minimum wage for 6 months plus NI and contributions. It’s paid in arrears and you’ll receive the payments via your Kickstart Representative over the 6 months. As this is paid in arrears, you will need the cashflow to pay wages when due.

Q. What Employability Training do we provide?
A. We provide the essential Employability Training that is crucial to the Kickstart Scheme. We have an approved online training portal providing training in job search essentials, Covid-19 awareness, project management skills, display screen equipment, customer service essentials, manual handling essentials, cyber security essentials, roles and responsibilities of team leaders, managing personal performance and development, fire safety and health and safety essentials.