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Creative Access is acting as a Gateway for the Government’s Kickstart scheme. We have had over 400 Kickstart roles approved by the Department for Work & Pensions across multiple companies, and nearly 200 young people are now undertaking placements. We will be making applications for additional Kickstart roles until the final deadline of 17th December 2021 and welcome new partners who want to participate.

Young people are amongst the worst hit by financial crises, and unemployment can have longstanding implications for their future jobs and wages. We know people are leaving education into an extremely difficult jobs market, and that those in our community are more likely to have been furloughed.

1. About the placements

The jobs will give young people the opportunity to build their skills in the workplace and to gain experience to improve their chances of finding long-term work.  If you want to create a role funded by the Kickstart scheme, they must be:

  • New jobs; they must not replace existing or planned vacancies or cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment
  • 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

The Kickstart Scheme is running until 31st March 2022 and employers can spread job start dates up until that point. You’ll get funding for 6 months once the young person has started their job.


2. Funding

Government funding will cover for each job placement:

  • 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
  • The associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • Employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions
  • £1500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training

Creative Access charges £750 per candidate to oversee the application and recruitment process plus all training and support, which is taken from the £1500 funding for setup costs.


3. Access a placement via Creative Access

Applications to the Kickstart Scheme are closing soon, and we will only be able to help employers apply for funding until 17th December 2021.

  • To register your interest in accessing Kickstart funding and the Creative Access support network, please do so here
  • For more information on Kickstart, see here
  • For questions about Creative Access and timelines regarding Kickstart, please email us here


4. Current work placements through Kickstart

If you would like to apply for a Kickstart work placement, you can see all the roles that are currently being recruited by our partners at our Kickstart work placements page.

Around 700,000 young people are set to leave education and enter the job market this year, with a quarter of a million more people aged under 25 claiming unemployment benefits since March – with youth unemployment having a long-term impact on jobs and wages.