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 Scheme

The Kickstart Programme is a Government initiative that provides funding to employers to create 6-month job placements for 16-24 year olds on Universal Credit. By working with NTCA as a Kickstart Gateway, you will receive:

  • 6 months’ salary paid at 25 hours per week at National Minimum Wage.
  • Employer pensions and national insurance contributions
  • £1500 to contribute to the costs associated with establishing the role and to provide training and employability support throughout the employment.
  • Expert employability support from Newcastle Futures, our commissioned delivery partner at no extra cost.

Being a part of the Kickstart Scheme will allow your business access to a huge number of young people who are bursting with potential and eager to begin their career. Full details of the Kickstart Programme can be found here:

Our Ambition for Kickstart

Kickstart is a key aspect of our plans for inclusive economic recovery in the North of Tyne. We believe Kickstart can enable employers to unlock growth potential, whilst providing valuable opportunities for young people to access good quality work in line with the expectations of the Good Work Pledge.

As a Kickstart Gateway, NTCA are acting on behalf of businesses operating in the North of Tyne area, helping them to navigate and access the Kickstart Scheme and maximising the impact for their organisation and for young people.

As mentioned above, we have commissioned Newcastle Futures to provide additional, expert support for you and your Kickstart employee. This support is included as part of our enhanced Kickstart Offer and comes at no extra cost to you.

To summarise what Newcastle Futures provides:

  • Expert employability support from 2 weeks pre-placement to 2 weeks post-placement.
  • Connection with both employer and employee to ensure both are getting the maximum out of the scheme & it is a useful, rewarding experience.
  • Troubleshooting any issues that may arise with both parties to avoid premature placement ends.


How To Access Kickstart

Applying for the Kickstart Scheme through NTCA as a gateway couldn’t be easier. Our application process is all competed online and as a gateway, we will support you in every step of your application, ensuring the conditions of the scheme are met.

To take your first step in applying for Kickstart Placement(s), please submit an Expression of Interest through our online form. The Expression of Interest form can be accessed here.

The expected milestones and timescales for employers are outlined below. They are subject to change. The application process takes between 10 and 14 weeks on average and a minimum of 8 weeks.


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.

Our Kickstart vacancies can be found via this link.

Employers can apply directly to the Department of Work and Pensions without the support of a Gateway here.

Sole traders are not eligible to apply for the Kickstart Scheme directly through DWP or through a standard Gateway. They must use one of four national Gateway Plus organisations. Details of these can be accessed here.

For more information about eligibility, processes and general queries, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

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