Kirklees Council is backing the Government's £2 billion Kickstart Scheme to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds who are claiming Universal Credit and are at risk of long-term unemployment. The council are acting as a gateway to support employers to navigate the application process and offer added value to participants.

The Kickstart Scheme

  • Kickstart supports work placements for 16 to 24 year olds.
  • Eligible Young People must be claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.
  • Funding includes the employee's salary at the appropriate minimum wage for their age, as well as National Insurance and employer minimum automatic enrolment pension contributions.
  • Costs are met by Government, for a maximum for 25 hours per week over 6 months.

The council's role - Kirklees Kickstart

  • Working with local partners, Kirklees Council is acting as a gateway organisation to support businesses who wish to participate in the scheme.
  • The council will support businesses to apply and will process the payments on behalf of Government.

Participating employers

  • The placement must be an 'additional job' which means that it must not be an existing vacancy or replace furloughed staff, redundant staff or replace planned recruitment.
  • All employees must be paid through PAYE (Pay As You Earn).
  • All employers receive a £1000 grant per participant to cover initial set up costs and provide the in-work training and support.

Careers boost

  • All young people employed in a Kickstart job placement sourced by the Kirklees Gateway will receive a package of employability support through our unique Careers Boost programme. This aims to equip them with the skills and confidence needed to achieve a successful placement as well as consider next steps.

Who can apply

There are rules around who grants can be paid to. DWP (Department of Work and Pensions) checks must be made to show an organisation is established, reputable and financially solvent. Businesses are more likely to be approved if they:

  • have existed for a while
  • regularly and recently submitted accounts
  • have a credit score which is a low risk category
  • have a low probability of imminent business failure
  • have enough liquid assets to pay their debts
  • do not have any recent county court judgments (CCJs)

For more information

Full terms and conditions: Kickstart Scheme