The Department for Work and Pensions has launched a £2 billion Kickstart Scheme which will put young people at the heart of the economic recovery.


The Kickstart Programme is a new Government initiative that provides funding to employers to create 6-month job placements for 16-24 year olds on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

Additional funding is available to employers for each Placement to ensure the young person is fully supported and leaves the Scheme prepared to enter work.

The scheme is available to any business and across all sectors including the private, public and voluntary and community sectors. From 3rd February 2021, the Department for Work and Pensions simplified the process for employers to register for the scheme. Employers can apply directly to the Department of Work and Pensions or apply through a supporting Gateway.

Full details of the Kickstart Programme can be found here:

The North of Tyne Combined Authority will continue to act as a Gateway on behalf of smaller businesses and charities to create good quality placements in line with the expectations of the Good Work Pledge. In assuming the role of Gateway, we will provide employers with a robust assurance process to help navigate the Scheme and maximise the impact for their organisation and for young people.

The Combined Authority will use a two-stage application process to gather the information required to apply to the Department for Work and Pensions. The expected milestones and timescales for employers are outlined below but are subject to change.

From the Expression of Interest stage to recruiting a candidate, the process takes approximately 10-14 weeks, and a minimum of 8. Please consider these timescales when planning how you engage with the scheme.

Employer Process Guide. A word document detailing the process can be found by clicking on the picture.

Follow the infographic link to download the full process guide. Or click here.

Young people have borne the brunt of past recessions. We will do everything we can to help them find paid work and protect them from the coming economic storm.

Jamie Driscoll
NTCA Mayor

Our enhanced offer:

In acting as a Gateway, the Combined Authority will use its convening power to ensure that enough Kickstart placements are available in our area, that they are in sectors with actual job vacancies, and are of quality in line with the expectations of the NTCA Good Work Pledge.

The Combined Authority will add value as a Gateway for employers by providing economies of scale in terms of marketing and communications and the administration of the scheme.

In addition, the Combined Authority, and through the Local Authorities, will ensure the Kickstart programme is embedded within existing support provision to add value to the core offer from government, in achieving a coordinated approach to a wraparound offer.

As a Gateway, we are keen to work collaboratively with stakeholder groups, sector bodies, and networks to ensure all employers are presented a clear and consistent offer, with the wrap-around support needed to ensure the experience for both young people and employers is positive and fulfilling.

The Expression of Interest form can be accessed here

Please follow this link to view the Kickstart Scheme FAQs.