Kickstart scheme information

What is it?

As part of their plan to support the economy through this time, the government have recently launched the Kickstart scheme. This scheme:

  • Is for young people aged 16-24 years on Universal Credit (not employed or training)

  • Provides a 6 month work placement with a min. of 25 hours per week funded by the government at the National Minimum Wage.

  • Provides training and support for those on the scheme in a range of areas.


How can employers benefit?

All employers can benefit from the Kickstart scheme by offering work placements for young people.

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


How do I take part?

The first thing to do is to work out what role a 'Kickstarter' would play in your organisation. After the initial 6 month placement you can then take on a second young person in the same role. Once you have a good idea what the role or roles would be, the second stage is to register. The challenge for smaller employers is that employers taking on less than 30 'Kickstarters' must team up with others and appoint a representative for the group to register.


The second challenge for employers is the training requirement. Employers are required to provide additional training in areas such as:

  • 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


The good news is that the government will grant £1500 per person to support this training.


Would you like to partner with the Hideaway?


At The Hideaway part of our social mission is to support employment – both as employers and as a community organisation. We have already spoken to a number of organisations who are keen to recruit one or more ‘kickstarters’, and are interested in teaming up with us to join the initiative. As an organisation, we are willing to act as the intermediary named organisation for others in Partington, Trafford and the surrounding area.


In addition to acting as the intermediary, we’re also willing to support those we’re partnering with, with the required training element. As an organisation we already have a training room and provide employment support services as well as a huge range of courses to support those not currently in employment. For our own ‘Kickstarters’ our plan is that in addition to training for their specific role, they will receive a fortnightly 2 hour training session and a personal mentoring session to help with addressing their specific individual challenges and barriers.


We would be willing to extend this offer to the other businesses we’re partnering with, providing a fortnightly training session and personal mentoring session at the Hideaway for each of the trainees. Lunch and a chance to meet with other ‘kicktarters’ would also be included. The training sessions would cover:


  • Confidence and self esteem

  • Team work

  • Professionalism with employers and colleagues

  • Customer service

  • Setting and achieving goals

  • Writing a CV. Job applications and cover letters

  • Job searching, Interview skills

  • Looking after your mental wellbeing

  • Choices, relationships and the future

  • Safeguarding overview

  • Health and Safety Awareness

  • Covid Awareness and best practice


Our team can also provide additional training or support or come to your place of work to deliver the training if you have at least 5 trainees.

Employers receive a grant of £1500 towards the training and support costs of each ‘kickstarter’. The Hideaway would ask for £750 per trainee to help cover:

  • Administrative costs of acting as the intermediary organisation on your behalf

  • 12 training sessions – fulfilling the main training requirement for the government

  • 12 personal mentoring sessions

  • Support for your organisation with the trainees

  • Lunch and hosting peer group support during all training sessions


We also recommend that you use some of the remaining £750 to help with transport costs to the training if required.

As a not-for-profit organisation, all of the fee paid to the Hideaway will be used to help fund our free courses and training for the local community in 2021 – helping even more people into employment.



Please contact us asap with your business and contact details, how many potential kickstarters you might be interested in taking and a brief overview of the role or roles.

Our training and support capacity is limited so we’re only looking to team up with a very limited number of other businesses.