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'This scheme is about doing the right thing in a challenging time by giving someone an opportunity they wouldn’t usually get'

What is Kickstart?

The Kickstart scheme provides government funding for employers to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment.

Employers of all sizes can apply. The funding covers employer costs of running the scheme, including:

The Kickstart job placements should support the participants to develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the scheme. Employers can spread the start date of the job placements from now up until the end of December 2021.

How to apply

HIT Training act as an official government gateway for the Kickstart scheme. This means we can complete your application and submit it on your behalf. All you’ll need to do is provide us with information about the job placements.

Additional funding you’ll receive

Further funding is available to employers who provide additional support to help young people on the scheme to get a job in the future.

Cash incentive

You’ll receive £1,500 in funding per job placement - in addition to the costs covered above. This funding is to cover set-up costs and to support the young person to develop their employability skills. If you use a Kickstart gateway intermediary, you’ll have to agree how you will share this money.

If you choose to work with HIT Training, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will send the funding to you via HIT Training.

HIT Training will then pass the £1,500 of funding to you (unless you agree for HIT Training to deliver the employability skills using an agreed amount of the funding to cover the cost).

We’re unique in giving the businesses we work with the full amount of government funding. We’re doing this because it’s important to us that this money is used to provide someone who needs it with an opportunity.


HIT Training act as an official government gateway intermediary for the Kickstart scheme. This means we can complete your application and submit it on your behalf, whether you’re creating one opportunity or 29!

To find out more and discuss the application process please contact our Kickstart team today.

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