Kickstart Scheme Update

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has removed the threshold of 30 job placements, but employers can still opt to apply through a Kickstart gateway, including those supporting sole traders such as Sutton Croft.

Employers no longer need a minimum of 30 job placements to access the government’s Kickstart Scheme. Businesses can still use a Kickstart gateway to simplify the process. By applying with Sutton Croft, the young people you recruit will gain free and exclusive access to our Kickstart Academy which will provide free employability skills training and support, helping you meet your employability obligations under the scheme. One of the huge benefits we have to offer by applying through us. 

We will handle the application process with the Government for you. You will still receive 100% of the funding – we do not take a penny.

What is the Kickstart Scheme?

The Kickstart Scheme funds hundreds of thousands of high quality 6 month work placements for young people aged 16-24 deemed at risk of long term unemployment due to Coronavirus.

The scheme will pay employers 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. There is also a £1,500 grant per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, said:

“Young people are among the hardest hit in times like these, which is why we’re doing everything we can to ensure they’re not left without hope and opportunity. The Kickstart Scheme is central to this. Since opening for applications last Autumn, we’ve worked with some of the most exciting companies to create more than 120,000 Kickstart jobs – which is a huge vote of confidence in our young people at a challenging time.

With £2 billion available and no limit on the number of places, it’s now easier than ever for businesses across Great Britain to take part. Join us as we harness the talents of the new generation of kickstarters.”

To discover more about the Kickstart Scheme and to apply for funding, visit

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