Kickstart Scheme | Glasgow Chamber of Commerce

Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme will create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country. The 6 month placements are open to those aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long term unemployment. The first placements are likely to be available from November.

  • The government will fund each Kickstart job - paying 100% of the age-relevant National Minimum Wage, National Insurance and pension contributions for a 25-hour a week.
  • In addition, the government is offering employers £1,500 to set up support and training for those taking part, or other set-up costs such as buying uniforms.

Employers can apply directly to DWP or they can apply through a Kickstart gateway organisation who already has a Kickstart Scheme grant agreement in place with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and can process applications through this agreement. 

As a gateway organisation, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce can support you with your application. Please contact us by clicking here

The job placements created with Kickstart funding must be new jobs. They must not replace existing or planned vacancies or cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment. 

The roles you are applying for must be:

  • a minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months
  • paid at least the National Minimum Wage for their age group
  • should not require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement

Each application should include how you will help the participants to develop their skills and experience, including support with CV and interview preparations. Employers MUST show their willingness to invest in this training on their application.

Chances of a successful application are improved if your business has a registered Companies House number, good credit rating, has been established for more than two years, has regularly and recently filed accounts and no recent CCJs.

To register your interest in recruiting a Kickstart role, please contact our team by clicking here or filling in the form below.

Once we receive your enquiry, a member of our Kickstart team will be in touch. 

Sole Traders 

Whilst Sole Traders are not eligible to apply for Kickstart funding through Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, we may be able to help by advising alternative gateway organisations or with alternative sources of funding. Please contact us by clicking here


Companies House Number (8 numbers or 2 letters plus 6 numbers) or Charity Commission Number (6 or 7 numbers, or 2 letters plus 6 numbers). Public sector organisations and exempt charities should enter ‘0’. NB Sole Traders are not eligible to apply for Kickstart funding through Glasgow Chamber.
Please list the job titles and give brief information about the roles you are offering.



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