Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme supports employers to create six month job placements for young people aged 16-24 living in Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly who are currently on Universal Credit or at risk of long-term unemployment. 

Funding is available to pay for up to 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus support for set up costs and training. 

Department for Work and Pensions data shows there were over 4,000 people aged 16-24 who were unemployed, looking for work and on Universal Credit in Cornwall & Isles of Scilly in August.  Our young people are usually amongst the worst hit by financial crises, and unemployment can have longstanding implications for their future, so we encourage all types of Cornish businesses to get involved.

The job placements should support the participants to develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the scheme.

Up to £6,500 of funding is available to pay for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.  There is also £1,500 per job placement available to employers for setup costs, support and training.

Funding is available following a successful employer application process.  Applications must be for a minimum of 30 job placements.  If you are unable to offer this many job placements, you can partner with other organisations or apply via a Gateway organisation to reach the minimum number.

Kickstart is not an apprenticeship, but participants may move on to an apprenticeship at any time during, or after their job placement.  For further information on Apprenticeships visit the website or email

Kickstart is part of the government’s Plan for Jobs and aims to create hundreds and thousands of new, fully funded jobs across England, Scotland and Wales.  The first placements are likely to be available from November.

How Employers can get involved

Funding is available following a successful application process. Any organisation, regardless of size, can apply for funding. Each application should also include how you will help the participants to develop their skills and experience whilst on their placement.

Employers can either apply direct or apply via a Kickstart Gateway organisation who will support you to put your application together. There are clear benefits to using a Gateway as they will:


  • Advise on your business eligibility and placement suitability
  • Inform and support you to gather information about the job placements you’d like to offer
  • Undertake the administration and share your placement information with DWP on your behalf
  • Offer other services e.g. employability support to young people in the job placement


The following selection of organisations have registered as Gateway organisations in Cornwall. Contact them direct for more information and to support your application to provide one or more placements.


Kickstart Gateway organisations include:


Alternatively,  please see the Government’s list of approved Gateways organisations for the most up to date list.

Download the Employer Guide

Download the Kickstart “local” flyer

Please click here for FAQs


Links to current guidance:

Kickstart Information

Employer information

Gateway information