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Kickstart is part of the UK Government’s Plan for Jobs tackling some of the impact of COVID-19 and aims to create thousands of new, fully funded positons across England, Scotland and Wales. The first placements are likely to be available from November 2020 and the scheme will run for 18 months.

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for 16 – 24 year olds who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

Funding will cover for each job placement:

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

Bidding for Kickstart places is a national process which is being routed through the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP). Any organisation can bid for places but applications must be for a minimum of 30 job placements and there is no upper limit.

However, across West Dunbartonshire, as a result of our engagement with employers, West Dunbartonshire Council recognise that setting a minimum of 30 placements through the bidding process excludes many small to medium business enterprises (SME’s).

West Dunbartonshire Council will therefore act as a gateway organisation so SME’s can take advantage of the opportunities presented through the Kickstart scheme.

As a Kickstart gateway organisation, we will endeavour to secure as many places as possible for local employers. We will work closely with applicants and aim to keep you fully informed as the process develops.

Further details is available on the Kickstart Scheme information page.


Please complete the Kickstart application for Businesses

A member of the Working4U team will be in touch.