Kickstart Scheme

Kickstart Scheme

As a gateway representative for the Government’s £2bn Kickstart programme aimed at helping young people back into employment, Pembrokeshire College is urging businesses across Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion to get in touch.

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16-24 year olds who are claiming Universal Credit. As a gateway representative, Pembrokeshire College will partner with local businesses to create the minimum requirement of 30 job opportunities for each application to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

We will:

  • support you to create placements that meet the requirements of the scheme
  • submit an online application to DWP on your behalf
  • claim the scheme funding from DWP and pass it on to you as the employer

In addition to the above, Pembrokeshire College can help you to train young people employed through the scheme as well as offering young people employability support.

If you are interested in being part of the scheme please email: we will contact you to progress your application.

Employer FAQs

What is the Kickstart scheme?

The Kickstart Scheme has been designed to allow employers to create six-month job placements for young people aged 16-24 years who are on Universal Credit and are at risk of long-term unemployment.

The job placements should support young people to develop the skills and experience that they will need to secure employment after they complete the scheme.

What funding is available?

Funding is available for:

  • 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
  • associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

A sum of £1,500 per job is also available for set-up costs, support and training.

You will need to provide evidence of this expenditure to reclaim from the scheme.

Am I eligible?

The scheme is available in England, Scotland and Wales. Any business or organisation can apply for the funding, no matter the size, as long as the jobs that are being created are new.

They can’t replace existing or planned vacancies, nor can they cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment.

The roles that you create must be:

  • a minimum of 25 hours per week, for six months
  • paid at least the National Minimum Wage for their age group currently £4.55 for 16-17 year olds, £6.45 for 18-20 year olds and £8.20 for 21-24 year olds
  • should not require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement

In addition, each application should outline how you will help the young person to develop their skills and experience, including:

  • support to look for long-term work, including career advice and setting goals
  • support with CV and interview preparations
  • support for the young person with basic skills, such as attendance, timekeeping and teamwork

Once a placement has been created, it can then be taken up by a second young person once the first young person has completed their six-month term.

How to apply

If you are interested in being part of the scheme please email: we will contact you to progress your application.

What do I need to provide to apply?

In order to apply for funding through the scheme you will need:

  • your Companies House reference number or Charity Commission number (if applicable)
  • your organisation address and contact details
  • details of the job placements and their location
  • supporting information to show that the job placements are new jobs and meet the Kickstart Scheme criteria
  • information about the support the organisation can give to develop employability skills of young people

If you need any further information, please email: