About The
Kickstart Scheme…

Who is the scheme for?

The Kickstart Scheme is available to businesses who are looking to employ between 1 and 30 new employees. Under the scheme the Government will cover 100% of employment costs for 25 hours a week. This includes the employee’s salary at the appropriate minimum wage for their age range. It includes National Insurance contributions. All new employees provided by the scheme are between 16 and 24 years of age and currently claiming Universal Credit.

How To Apply…

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Applying is simple with Kickstart Wraparound. Firstly fill out our application form and we will then get to work on your application.

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Why Choose Us...

Applying direct vs applying with Kickstart Wraparound

Applying Direct

  1. Register your interest with DWP as a Kickstart employer and bid for placements*
  2. Advertise roles directly with Jobcentres in relevant areas
  3. Filter through applications from each jobcentre
  4. Manage recruitment process from start to finish as normal
  5. Hire successful candidates, completing necessary contracts & compliance
  6. Payroll successful candidates on a weekly or monthly basis
  7. Claim funds back from HMRC on a regular basis (process TBC)

* The minimum bid has been set by DWP at 30 placements. All roles must be confirmed as additional and not replacement jobs. Bids will need to include guidance around induction, coaching, training & work experience.


  1. Post your role in minutes, specifying a Kickstart job and confirming number of vacancies (no minimum)*
  2. Review a shortlist of suitable, eligible candidates
  3. Manage the process easily and efficiently in one place
  4. Access in-placement support

* The minimum bid has been set by DWP at 30 placements. All roles must be confirmed as additional and not replacement jobs. Bids will need to include guidance around induction, coaching, training & work experience.


Frequently Asked Questions...

What is the Kickstart Scheme?

The Kickstart Scheme is a new government initiative to support employers and get more people into the workplace. This scheme forms part of Plan for Jobs and can be accessed by any organisation of any size. The aim is for the government to provide employers with the required funding to enable them to create new job placements for young people aged 16-24. These placements must be new positions within the company and offered to young people who are receiving Universal Credit as a means to reduce the risk of them being unemployed in the long term.

The funding will be available for each person employed under the scheme. The funding will cover the following:

  • The full wage for 25 hours a week based on the relevant National Minimum Wage
  • Employer National Insurance contributions
  • An additional £1,500 to be used by the employer to support and train the young employee with the aim to increase their skill set and employability on completion of the Kickstart job placement.
What are the Requirements as an Employer?

There are several criteria that you need to meet in order to qualify for the Kickstart Scheme.

  1. The placement must be for a minimum of 25 hours per week and last for a duration of at least 6 months.
  2. The employer must:
  • Pay the National Minimum Wage through PAYE
  • Pay Statutory Employers National Insurance contributions
  • Pay Employer Automatic Enrolment contributions
  1. The placement must be a new position, which does not take the place of, or detract from, the work undertaken by existing employees.
  2. The work to be completed on the placement must not require the employee to complete extensive training prior to the placement commencing.
  3. The employer is required to support the employee in developing skill sets to enhance their future employability and assisting the employee in finding longer term employment on completion of the placement.
How Does an Employer Obtain Funding?

An employer can obtain the funding through Kickstart Wraparound.

In order to apply for the funding directly, a single application must be made. This can be done via Kickstart Wraparound.

Kickstart Wraparound will work as your representative to access the Kickstart Scheme but there are many more advantages to working with us.


What are the Advantages to Working with Kickstart Wraparound?

Essentially, Kickstart Wraparound will assist you with all of the required training, administration and payroll. From the very start to the process to the end, we will support you in many ways.

Kickstart Wraparound will:

  • Complete the funding application process
  • Support you, the employer, with creating the right job placements for your business.
  • Act as a mentor for both the employer and employee.
  • Work collaboratively with the job centre to source and pre-screen the right candidates for the placements.
  • Provide all mandatory training.
  • Manage and process the placement funding.
  • Manage payments and process payments made by the DWP.

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