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Welcome to

Kickstart UK

Helping you employ young people via the Kickstart scheme

Got a question? Get in touch 020 3855 6022

Don’t understand the Kickstart scheme? We provide free telephone advice to SMEs.

Why Kickstart UK?

A national Kickstart gateway for SMEs

Kickstart UK is a gateway service for small and medium businesses that allows you to access Kickstart funding. Wages are covered by the government, plus we give you up to £1,000 grant funding to cover your on-costs and provide £500 worth of high-quality employability support to keep the young person motivated at work.

Full wages paid

The Government pays the wages of the young person at National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week. We guide you through every step. 

£1,000 grant

Kickstart UK passes on up to £1,000 grant funding to help cover supervision and other on-costs. Not all Kickstart gateways do this. 



Kickstarters can study towards recognised qualifications alongside our employability support. Not all Kickstart gateways offer this. 

Get involved

Kickstart UK

The Kickstart scheme is a £2 billion fund to help employers create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements for young people.

The placement must be an ‘additional’ job. This means you can’t be recruiting for it already or replacing furloughed or redundant staff. Don’t get caught out by this. If you’re unsure we can talk you through what’s eligible.

Supporting you along the way

Kickstart UK’s mission

We believe that all businesses should be able to access Kickstart funding to support young people gain meaningful work experience. 

You can do this through Kickstart UK – a Kickstart Gateway specfically designed for the needs of SMEs.   

We understand you need a Kickstart gateway that will:

  • Confirm your Kickstart opportunity fits the eligibility criteria
  • Deal with Jobcentre Plus on your behalf
  • Pass on the wage subsidy and up to £1,000 grant funding
  • Provide £500 work of exceptional employability support to the young person to help them settle in your organisation and progress in life.

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Kickstart UK is run by Supplytrain CIC – a social enterprise committed to helping small businesses employ and train young people.

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