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. Employers who can offer 30 or more placements can apply directly to the Department for Work and Pensions.

Full details of the Kickstart Programme can be found here:

The North of Tyne Combined Authority intend to act as an intermediary Representative on behalf of smaller businesses and charities who can’t offer 30 placements but would still like to access the Programme.

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.

Follow the image hyperlink to download a copy of the Employer Process Guidance.

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

As a Representative, 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.

To better understand the demand for the Kickstart Scheme, the Combined Authority are now collecting Expressions of Interests from employers.

The Expression of Interest form can be accessed here

Please follow this link to view the Kickstart Scheme FAQs.