Kickstart Scheme

Warrington & Vale Royal College are excited to be involved in the new Government Kickstart Scheme as a representative for employers who are participating in the scheme. The new £2 billion scheme aims to help young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment, secure a 6 month paid work placement that could lead to apprenticeship or job opportunities in the future.

How does the scheme work?

As an employer you will use the scheme to create a new 6-month job placement/s for young people. The placement will offer the participant help and support to develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the scheme.

The job placements must be new jobs. They must not:

  • replace existing or planned vacancies
  • cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment

The roles must be:

  • a minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months
  • paid at least the National Minimum Wage for their age group
  • should not require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement

Each application should include how you will help the participants to develop their skills and experience, including:

  • support to look for long-term work, including career advice and setting goals
  • support with CV and interview preparations
  • supporting the participant with basic skills, such as attendance, timekeeping and teamwork

Once a job placement is created, it can be taken up by a second person once the first successful applicant has completed their 6-month term.

Funding for each job placement will cover:

  • 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
  • The associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • Employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions


Kickstart is not an apprenticeship but participants may move onto an apprenticeship at any time during, or after their job placement. If you would like to offer an apprenticeship click here for more information.

I am an employer and would like to offer one or more placements

This scheme is now open for employers to express their interest, so if you would like to participate in this scheme, please email and a member of the team will contact you shortly.

I am a young person who would like to find a 6 month placement

Young people can find out more about the Kickstart Scheme here.

Jobs from the Kickstart Scheme will be open to people 16-24 years old, who are claiming Universal Credit, and are at risk of long term unemployment. If you have a work coach they will talk to you about the Kickstart Scheme and whether it’s right for you. The first jobs should be available from November, so not long to wait.


There will also be extra funding to support young people to build their experience and help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart Scheme funded job.

If you would like to register your interest in offering a work placement as part of the Kickstart scheme, please complete the form below: