Richmondshire District Council

Applications are no longer being taken

Please note this scheme is currently closed and we will be submitting our first application shortly. We may open the scheme again, in which case we will set a new deadline for expressions of interest. 

What is the Kickstart scheme?

The Kickstart scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers:

  • 100% of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months
  • associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021.

What is a Kickstart gateway?

A Kickstart gateway is an organisation that has shown interest in representing employers who want to apply for 29 or less job placements.

What does Richmondshire District Council's gateway role involve?

To enable businesses to access the funding, Richmondshire District Council have become a gateway for the scheme which means that your organisation can apply for a Kickstart placement via ourselves.

We will make the overall application to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and coordinate it on behalf of smaller organisations, making it much less time consuming for you.

Richmondshire District Council are now looking for employers who wish to have a placement. Please complete the expression of interest form, which can be found in the register your interest section of this page, by the 15th of January 2021. We can only apply to the DWP when we have 30 placements.

Eligibility criteria

The scheme is aimed at young people 16 to 24 years of age who are at risk of long-term unemployment and claiming Universal Credit.

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 Kickstart roles placements must: 

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

Please note that we cannot apply for placements on behalf of sole traders who do not currently have employees and PAYE system as we cannot provide the complete support needed as specified within the Kickstart scheme. If you are a sole trader without a PAYE system then please contact the Federation of Small Businesses who can act as a gateway for you. Please contact if you have any queries about this.

What is the funding process?

As a gateway, Richmondshire District Council will receive the funding and then distribute it to employers.

The funding is offered in two parts:

  • Employers will receive £1,500 per job placement. This is a set up cost and is paid once the young person starts the job placement. If you get someone else to do some of the job placement setup or employability support for you, you will have to agree how you will share this money.

  • The grant funding to pay the young person's salary will be paid retrospectively. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will use information from HMRC to check that the young person is still employed. The grant funding to pay the young person’s salary will be paid in monthly arrears when we know they are enrolled on your payroll, and are being paid through Pay As You Earn (PAYE). Your organisation must therefore have the funds to pay the young person in advance of receiving the salary funding. You can pay a higher wage and for more hours but the funding will not cover this.

Getting young people into job placements

Kickstart scheme job placements are only available for Universal Credit claimants, aged 16 to 24 who are referred to you by DWP.

Once our application is accepted by the DWP, the job placement details will be sent to the work coaches at Jobcentre Plus. The work coaches will match suitable candidates to the job placements. Employers will then be able to interview the candidates matched to your job placements. You will select the candidate best suited to the role.

Funding will only be given if a young person is hired using the Kickstart scheme process. After a job placement ends, you can get another Kickstart scheme young person to start another job placement.

Support and employability skills offer

An essential element of all Kickstart placements is the inclusion of employability skills and job search to support the participant to enhance their opportunity of gaining sustainable employment after Kickstart. This could include for example, helping them to write a CV, preparing for an interview, or gaining communication and presentation skills.

It is important that an employer keeps the gateway informed of how this support will be provided, when, by whom, for how many hours and how it will be monitored. As an employer you may already have this support in place or may have a provider in mind. If this is not the case, the following programmes and providers can provide this support:


Contact details and specific training information can be found in the supporting documents section below.

Richmondshire District Council's Human Resources team can provide general recruitment advice or signposting on an adhoc basis when their work commitments allow. Please email for further information.


Richmondshire District Council can only apply for placements once we have 30 placements available from businesses. We will be informed within approximately one month if our application has been successful. Our deadline for applications is 15th January 2021. If we do not receive notice of 30 placements by the deadline, it will be extended. 

If successful, we anticipate placements will be made available from February to March 2021.

Six month Kickstart placements can be available with young people applying for them, up to and including December 2021.

Frequently asked questions

For further information about the scheme visit our frequently asked questions page

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