Kickstart Scheme

Kickstart your business with us!

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) launched the £2 billion Kickstart Scheme which was to help young people be at the heart of the economic recovery. It's an “innovative way to help young people into work and spur Britain’s economic revival” while opening doors to ensure UK businesses bounce back stronger.

Learning Curve Group (LCG) are an approved Gateway Organisation and we can support you throughout this scheme.

Businesses can apply directly to DWP, however LCG have had 100% success rate for applications to the Kickstart Scheme - both as an employer and as a Gateway and we will complete the application process on your behalf. We have also had our training offer approved – so we know that this exceeds the requirements of the scheme – giving you peace of mind that you, and the placements, will be supported throughout the entire process.

Benefits to employers

  • Wages funded by DWP 
  • New talent into your business – supplement your head count with funded staff
  • Support young people in gaining meaningful work experience and skills


  • You will offer 6 months Kickstart placements
  • Placements must be for a minimum of 25 hours per week
  • You must provide employability training to all Kickstart employees
  • Successful applicants will be paid National Minimum Wage – funded via the Scheme
  • Applicants will be aged 16-24 years of age
  • They must be claiming Universal Credit
  • They will be referred to the scheme via their JCP Work Coach

The Kickstart scheme is a brilliant opportunity for any business, across all sectors including the private, public and voluntary and community sectors.

What funding is available?

  • 25 hours per week placement 
    • Paid at National Minimum Wage (NMW)
    • Employer pays wages and is reimbursed monthly in arrears
  • £1500 wrap around funding per placement to cover:
    • Recruitment service
    • Training
    • Equipment/PPE

How we will help?

  • Take care of the administration and apply for all of the vacancies on your behalf
  • Manage the recruitment and selection process by liaising with JCP on your behalf
  • Arrange interviews with suitable applicants
  • Provide the essential employability training including CV writing, interview skills, level 1 or level 2 sector specific accredited training

What is the cost for LCG services?

£1250 per placement (utilising the wrap around funding from DWP with the remaining £250 sent to you for other costs) to cover:

  • Recruitment and administration services
  • Essential employability training
  • Sector specific training

The application process for employers

Learning Curve Group (LCG) will make your application for placements:

  • Job placement template sent to us
  • We apply for the Kickstart funding
  • Funding decision is made
  • Placements are advertised
  • JCP adviser refers suitable applicants to us
  • We complete the recruitment and selection process
  • You make the final decision on successful placement

Vacancies available for young people

If you are a young person in receipt of Universal Credit and are interested in gaining valuable paid work experience and training we have the various companies looking to recruit:

  • City United Limited, Birmingham, B1 2RX 
    • Teaching Assistant/Learning Support Assistant

  • DFS Furniture PLC
    • Production Operative - Heanor, DE75 7SG
    • Warehouse Assistant - Fengate, PE1 5WJ
    • Kitter - Alfreton, DE55 4LS

  • Happy Tree Academy, Northwood, HA6 1HR
    • Trainee Sales Negotiator

  • Mariposa Care Group Ltd
    • Trainee Support Worker -Newcastle, NE5 1NA

  • Domi Domingo Nursery, Leeds, LS4 2JT
    • Operations Assistant (North) - Homebased, SE1 6LS
    • Operations Assistant (South) - Homebased (London), EC1V 2PT
    • People Team Administrator - London, EC1V 2PT

  • Melrose House Cullercoats Ltd
    • Domiciliary Carer - Cullercoats, NE30 4NT

  • Noshybox Ltd
    • Social Media Sales and Marketing Executive - London, N1 7GU

  • Rouge Property Estates Ltd
    • Property Management Trainee - Harrow, HA1 3AT

  • Orion Access Hire and Training Ltd
    • Trainee Finance Assistant - Dartford, DA8 2LF

  • The Bridge Community Care Limited
    • Support Worker - Garforth, LS25 1AN
    • Support Worker - Castleford, WF10 3AF

  • Practically Family Ltd
    • Childcare Practitioner - Handforth, SK9 3PE

  • PW Flooring Solutions Ltd
    • Warehouse Assistant - York, YO30 4XA

  • Ronti Care Solutions Ltd
    • Admin - Grays, RM17 5DD

  • Sensecare Ltd
    • Customer Service Executive - Leeds, LS12 3JN

  • Severfield Plc
    • Marketing and Communications Assistant - York, YO7 3JN

Young People - How to apply

If you're interested in any of the roles, then you need to speak to your JCP Advisor who will be able to discuss them with you, all you need to do is take the job title and postcode to your work coach, who will be able to give you more details.

Employers only

If you're an employer looking to recruit and to take advantage of the scheme, drop the team an email on:

Kickstart Scheme

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