Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme

We are delighted to be a recognised intermediary organisation for the Kickstart scheme – the UK government’s response to supporting young people and the wider economy through the COVID-19 pandemic. The Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements for young people aged 16-24, who are claiming Universal Credit.

The Wise Group has nearly 40 years of experience in supporting employability programmes. We know how to manage successful partnerships. Our technical innovation is first in class in remote delivery and reducing bureaucracy of public programme management. We are experts in helping people back into work and believe we should be your intermediary of choice; not simply because of what we have achieved in the past, but also in alignment with our core ambition to help lift people out of poverty.

What is the Kickstart Scheme?

The pandemic has caused disruption to many businesses and individuals, who, through no fault of their own, find themselves without meaningful employment.

Businesses of all sizes looking to create quality jobs for young people can apply 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.

Read the Kickstart Scheme – Guide for Employers here.

Key facts

  • The Government will fund 100% of the relevant National Minimum wage for 25 hours per week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.  Employers can top up the National Minimum Wage if they wish, in addition to the Government funding.
  • In addition, businesses taking on a Kickstart candidate can apply for £1,500 per job placement available for set up costs, support and training.
  • All registered companies can benefit from this scheme.
  • Placements must be for young people aged between 16-24 years old, currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.  Placements must be for new jobs, not a replacement for existing vacancies.
  • Employers can apply for an uncapped number of placements between November 2020 and December 2021.  To participate, employers must provide their Kickstart participants with training and support towards finding a permanent job.  This does not mean that after the 6 months businesses must employ them, what it does mean is that the work experience that they receive must be meaningful and will prepare them for getting a job in the future.  This is where the Wise Group can offer businesses our expert support.

Join the Kickstart Scheme with the Wise Group

To apply for the Kickstart scheme directly with the Government you will need to have a minimum of 30 placements, however for businesses requiring less than 30 placements, the Wise Group can support your placement needs.  In addition, drawing upon our almost 40 years of experience, the Wise Group will supply you with the wrap around support and guidance, as part of a suite of initiatives, that your new recruits will need to progress towards sustainable employment.


Express your interest

To be a part of the scheme with the Wise Group as your Kickstart representative, simply fill out the Expression of Interest form below and a member of our team will be in touch.  Should you have any questions about the suitability of this scheme for your employment needs, please email them to

Kickstart Scheme Expression of Interest

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