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Kickstart Scheme Gateway

Get access to the government's £2bn Kickstart Scheme with REED and provide fully funded work opportunities for young people. Boost your business, support unemployed young people and receive an additional £750 grant per placement.

What is the Kickstart scheme?


The Kickstart Scheme is a government initiative that aims to reboot the economy and provide meaningful work experience placements to young people aged 16-24 who currently claim Universal Credit. Employers can provide 6 month work placements to young people and recieve funding covering 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, National Insurance and pension contributions.

£2 billion of funding has been allocated to create thousands of 6-month placements across businesses in the UK to not only give the economy a boost, but to allow businesses to secure the extra resources they need to grow.

The scheme gives young people, who would otherwise face long-term unemployment, the opportunity to gain work experience and new skills to kickstart their future careers. Businesses receive timely boost from the free exta resource. 

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Accessing the Kickstart Scheme with REED

Take the stress out of applying for the scheme, and let us do the hard work for you, helping you to support unemployed young people, while boosting your business. As an official Kickstart Scheme gateway provider, we can help you access the scheme, provide training for your Kickstarter, and give you a £750 grant per application.

Why choose REED as your  Kickstart Scheme gateway?

  • Easy access to funding - We manage the application process on your behalf to save you time an resources.
  • Fully auditible training for your kickstarter The DWP requires you to provide training to qualify for the scheme. We provide each a comprehensive Employability Skills Training Programme for each young person in a Kickstart placement, supported by monthly reviews with a dedicated learning mentor.
  • Recruitment expertise - With over 60 years’ experience in the recruitment field, we have the knowledge and experience to find you the best match for your business. Following the 6-month placement, we can refer your Kickstarter to one of our recruitment offices across the country to help them on their career path

With over 60 years’ experience in the recruitment field, we have the knowledge and experience to find you the best match for your business. Our digital learning portal provides a fully auditable learning record to help you manage your Kickstarter, and following the 6-month placement, we can refer your Kickstarter to one of our recruitment offices across the country to help them on their career path.

As an employer you can really make a difference to the future of young people, as well as elevate your business by having extra pairs of hands, at no extra cost to you – the placements are fully funded.

Find out more about our Kickstart Gateway Service