Kickstart Scheme gateways list

01 October 2020

From 1 August 2020, employers or all sizes are being encouraged to take advantage of the new cash incentives which have been designed to create more high quality apprenticeship opportunities so that more people, especially young people at risk of long term unemployment, can kick-start their career.

The Kickstart Scheme is an initiative to help young people claiming Universal Credit to move into the world of work. It forms part of a range of employment support initiatives announced in the Plan for Jobs in July.

Applications to the scheme which has been launched via an online service by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), must be made for a minimum of 30 job placements, but if businesses cannot offer this amount, then they can partner with other organisations to reach the minimum number.

If your organisation would like to take part in the Kickstart Scheme but you have fewer than 30 placements to offer, DWP has published further advice together with a list of organisations across England, Scotland and Wales that have also expressed interest in acting as a Kickstart gateway.

Kickstart gateways can apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant on behalf of a group of employers and will provide the support each young person needs to make a success of their Kickstart role, increasing their chances of securing sustainable employment in the future.

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