The Kickstart Scheme for small and medium size employers

 INSPIRE Training is helping small businesses and employers access the Government’s Kickstart Scheme to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds. The Kickstart Scheme will fund hundreds of thousands of high quality 6 month work placements for young people 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 weeks, plus employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. All refunds will be paid on a monthly basis through your chosen Gateway representative. There is a fund available of up to £1,500 per participant available for setup costs, equipment and ongoing training.

Employers are only allowed to apply directly to the Government for funding if they are creating at least 30 job placements. Many small businesses and employers won’t be able to create that number of jobs but still want to take part in the scheme through INSPIRE Training.

INSPIRE Training will be acting as a representative for small and medium size businesses by bringing together applications from different employers to meet the Government’s threshold. When you apply through us, we will handle the application process with the Government.


Find out more about the Kickstart Scheme and apply for funding today to create jobs for young people in your organisation.

The Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme has been launched by the Government to provide funding employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. 

This £2 billion fund aims to create hundreds of thousands of job placements for young people in England, Scotland and Wales. The first placements will be available from November. Any organisation in the private, public and voluntary sectors, regardless of size, can apply for funding.


Funding will cover for each job placement:

  • 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week

  • the associated employer National Insurance contributions

  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

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

There is a fund available of £1,500 to help with set up costs, support and training. Each application should include how you will help the participants to develop their skills and experience. INSPIRE Training can help and support deliver sessions on: 

  • 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

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