What is the Kick Start Scheme?

As part of the government’s Plan for Jobs, a new £2 billion Kickstart Scheme will create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country.

The 6 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.

Upto £1500 of funding will be available to employers to help toward additional training, mentoring and support to help young people to build their experience and move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart funded job.

Furthermore, our own aim is to work with employers and participants to help them into full-time apprenticeships from months 3-6 where possible. The scheme represents an excellent opportunity to identify new talent and to work with individuals to assess their suitability for further opportunities and formal training.

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.

Applications are being accepted now from employers or groups of employers. The Performance Academy, in conjunction with Calex UK, are currently working together to form an Intermediary Gateway Organisation to identify as many opportunities as possible within the PSA retailer network.

Register your interest (online form)

How do I get involved?

There are endless benefits to investing in your team. Whether that’s through formal training, proessional qualifications, or apprenitceships.

Right now, the Government are inviting applications from groups of employers to create job placements for young people and we want to work with you to create as many high quality opportunities as possible.

We will work with all participants to deliver a short programme of learning covering basic skills (according to their role with each employer), employability skills, health and safety and an introduction to automotive systems and service processes.

How the scheme works

You can use the Kickstart Scheme to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

The job placements should support the participants to develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the scheme.

The Kickstart Scheme is available in England, Scotland and Wales.

Can I continue to work with the participant after 6 months?

Yes, you may continue to employ the participant outside of the scheme. We may also work with you, subject to eligability requirements, to enrol the participant onto a relevant training or funded apprenticeship delievered by PSA.

Register your interest

To get involved, please complete the short form below. Once received, one of the team will be in touch to discuss the process with you.

Employer Guidance