Are you aware of the Kickstart Scheme that could help your business and give young people the chance to progress in the world of work?

  • Kickstart Scheme 2021
    Kickstart Scheme 2021

The Kickstart Scheme has been underway since September 2020 and has now seen 120,000 16-24-year olds find employment.

The Kickstart Scheme, which is fully Government funded, is aimed at 16-24-year olds who are on universal credit and who may find it more challenging to access the world of work, which has been hit hard by the pandemic. 

The scheme offers six-month work placements of which the Government will pay 100 per cent of the young persons’ age-relevant National Minimum Wage, National Insurance and pension contributions for 25 hours a week, which the employer can top up if they chose to in both salary and hours. In addition, the Government will also pay the employer £1500 for each young person they take on, to support any training or associated costs like uniforms that they might incur when setting up the scheme.

Recently it was granted that companies with less than 30 vacancies can now apply directly via DWP without using a Gateway, however, the Norfolk Chambers of Commerce is a recommended Gateway and without cost to you, will help you with your application and liaise with the DWP in ensuring your application is successful. We can also assist with any training needs you require from recommending and putting you in touch with training providers, as well as saving you time in the application process while making the whole process as smooth as possible.

For more information and to be part of this amazing youth employment programme, please get in touch via


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