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Creative Access is acting as an intermediary for the Government’s Kickstart scheme and are welcoming new partners who want to participate. All placements in our first application were approved and we are making multiple other ones during 2021.

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


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


3. Access a placement via Creative Access


  • 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

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.