Kickstart information for employers



Kickstart information for employers

We are helping to support local businesses to access the Government’s Kickstart Scheme.

The Employment, Business and Skills team are asking micro, small and medium sized businesses interested in registering for the scheme to register their details with us by completing an expression of interest form.

We will then help you to process your application and secure the funding you need to create new jobs for young residents in Waltham Forest.

The Kickstart scheme explained

The new £2 billion Kickstart Scheme will create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country.

The six-month placements are open to those aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. They will be available across a range of different sectors in England, Scotland and Wales. The first placements are likely to be available from November.

Employers will receive funding for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum auto-enrolment pension contributions.

Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021.

Businesses hosting a Kickstart placement will also get £1,500 funding per job placement. This is for setup costs and to support the young person develop their employability skills.

If you get someone else to do some of this for you, such as your Kickstart gateway, you’ll have to agree how you will share this money.

Why Are We Doing This?

Waltham Forest is proud to say that we are a borough made up of micro, small and medium businesses. To help employers offering fewer than 30 placements they will be asked to make a bid through a Kickstart Gateway, such as a Local Authority, who will then bid for 30 or more placements as a combined bid from several businesses.

This will make the process easier and less labour intensive for smaller companies to apply and only want to hire one or two Kickstarters.

Job placement criteria

The job placements created with Kickstart Scheme funding must be new jobs.

The job placements must not:

  • replace existing or planned vacancies
  • cause existing employees, apprentices or contractors to lose work or reduce their working hours

The job placements must:

  • be a minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months
  • pay at least the National Minimum Wage or the National Living Wage for the employee’s age group (we do encourage all businesses where possible to top salaries to London Living Wage)  
  • only require basic training

For each job placement employers must help the young person become more employable. This could include:

  • looking for long-term work, including career advice and setting goals
  • support with curriculum vitae (CV) and interview preparations
  • developing their skills in the workplace

Where possible the Employment Business and Skills service will support you ensuring that candidates have the skills, knowledge and training to more into there next career.

If you are not eligible for Kickstart Scheme funding, find out about other employment schemes.

The young person may be able to move to another employment scheme when they’ve finished their 6-month Kickstart Scheme job placement.

Register Your Interest 

You can register your interest in the Kickstart Scheme by completing our Kickstart Scheme expression of interest form. 

If you would like more information, please feel free to contact or you can find information on the GOV.UK