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Apply for Kickstart Scheme funding with Reed

Get access to the government's £2bn Kickstart Scheme with REED and provide fully funded work opportunities. Boost your business and support unemployed young people.

Why take part in the Kickstart Scheme?

The government scheme provides funding for 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit.

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Grow your business

Benefit from free extra resource to help your business thrive. 



Make a difference

Provide invaluable work opportunities for young people, helping to fight unemployment and boost the economy. 


Get your costs covered

Receive funding covering 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, National Insurance and pension contributions. 

Why choose Reed as your gateway partner?

Easy access to funding

By applying through REED, you can access funding starting from just one placement. We will save valuable time, by managing the application process on your behalf. 

Recruitment expertise

We are the UK’s #1 recruiter, with over 60 years' experience. We will support you with finding a good match and onboarding your new recruit(s) - giving them the best start possible.

Free employee training

The DWP requires you to provide training to qualify for the scheme. We will manage this for you with our online Employability Skills Training Programme, supporting the Kickstarter(s) to develop skills they will need to succeed in the future.


How does it work?


Get In Touch

We are currently experiencing delays of up to 8-10 weeks in receiving approvals for our Kickstart Scheme applications. If you are still interested in registering, please get in touch, and we will be back in touch with you as soon as possible.

If you are a non limited company, or have been operating for less than a year, we offer an alternative Kickstart Scheme service where we employ the Kickstarter directly, meaning you don’t have to worry about payroll and contracts of employment. Find out more about Kickstart Scheme Gateway Plus.

Our Commitment to fighting unemployment

Our company purpose is ‘Improving Lives Through Work’ and we believe in meaningful employment for everyone. Find out more about some of our other initiatives fighting unemployment.
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Reed in Partnership 

Reed In Partnership specialise in helping people in challenging circumstances. Since 1998, they have supported over 150,000 back into work.


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We have been helping people take their first steps into a recruitment and technology career through our award-winning apprenticeships and internship programme.

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Keep Britain Working

We are campaigning to preserve jobs and protect livelihoods, by supporting employers and jobseekers with resources, upskilling opportunities and redeployment.



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What is the Kickstart Scheme?

The Kickstart Scheme is designed 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 provided should support the participants to develop a broad range of skills and experience that help them to find work after completing the scheme.

Companies must be able to evidence that the placements are created solely for the purpose of the Kickstart Scheme.

Anyone joining a business on this programme seeks to gain access to valuable commercial work experience which will enhance their employability prospects.

Participants (Kickstarters) will join Reed on a 26-week fixed term contract and will be paid in accordance with the National Minimum Wage (age dependent).

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Who can recruit someone on the Kickstart scheme?

Your team should be big enough to effectively support someone. It seems sensible to assume that a team of 2-3 is the minimum number required to be able to provide the high-quality experience a Kickstarter must gain during their 26 weeks. You should be realistic about just how much time and resource you will need to put into mentoring, training, and supporting each young person.

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What do we pay someone on the Kickstart scheme?

All Kickstarters are paid in accordance with National Minimum Wage. They should be set up on your payroll in the same way as any new starter.