Kickstart Scheme: Supporting Employers and Young People

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds.
No fees and no hassle, we make it easy for your business to benefit from the Government’s Kickstart Scheme.

We are delighted to be a recognised gateway organisation for the Kickstart scheme – the UK government’s response to supporting young people and the wider economy through the COVID-19 pandemic.  

As a gateway organisation we can offer you full Kickstart support including taking care of all administration for you or if you’d rather apply yourself we can offer an employability and life skills programme for your Kickstart employees.

“I urge every employer, big or small, national or local to hire as many Kickstarters as possible.”

Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer 
What is the Kickstart Scheme?

The Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion fund aimed at supporting business growth and creating hundreds of thousands of high-quality 6-month job placements for young people aged 16-24, who are claiming Universal Credit.  

The government will pay for: 

  • National Minimum Wage for 25 hours. 
  • Associated employer NI contributions. 
  • Employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. 
  • Training costs. 

What are the benefits for employers?

1000’s of UK businesses have already applied to access the Kickstart fund. 

  • Discover eager new talent and develop their skills to support your business as part of a 6-month placement. 
  • 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week and employer NICs will be covered. 
  • An additional £1,500 grant per placement for setup costs such as uniform, equipment and training.  
  • Provide your current employees with experience in training and mentoring.  
  • Help your local community and support youth employment. 
  • It’s a straightforward process for you as we can take care of all the administration required leaving you with no hassle and no fee. 

Join our free Kickstart Q&A Webinar 

Join our webinar and get all your questions answered by our experts.  

Why use Central YMCA?

Straightforward process:  

Our dedicated team are here to support and guide your business and simplify the Kickstart Scheme application process for you, leaving you to focus on your business.


Employability training and support:

We offer free employability and life skills support, as well as bespoke training packages which will see participants gain personal, social, work and vocational skills to prepare them for employment.



As a gateway to the Kickstart Scheme, we take care of the payments and will pass them on straight to you, quickly and securely. 


Further development:

On completion of the placement, we can provide your Kickstart employees with further support and training such as apprenticeships, traineeships, and professional courses so that they can continue their employment with you.

“The extra people we have been able to employ using the Kickstart funding are making a significant difference to our business and YMCA have given us invaluable guidance through the application process and in providing ongoing support and employability training. ” - Ken Hewitt, Manningtree Emporium
How to get started with Kickstart?


Free advice

Fill out the form below and one of our experts will call you back for a free, no obligation chat  


We apply for you

We will take care of all the administration for you, guiding and supporting you every step of the way.  


Hire and Claim 

Your local Jobcentre will send you candidates to choose from. We will pass on the payments made by DWP straight to you. 

Simply fill out the form below and we will handle the rest.

Whether you'd like to attend one of our free Kickstart Webinars or have a one-to-one chat with an expert, just fill out your details below. 

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