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Kickstart Scheme

We are pleased to announce that NLPC Ltd will be acting as an Intermediary (Kickstart Gateway) for employers for the DWP Kickstart Scheme. This builds on our extensive experience of managing grant applications and partnerships, delivering employability and job support projects. We launched our Kickstart Assist to support employers to navigate their way through the requirements of the scheme and benefit from fully funded job placements for 6 months. We are passionate about supporting individuals to develop their skills and employability, and in helping employers work through government schemes which can be complex.

Our experience in working with employers in all sectors has allowed us to manage different recruitment needs. At challenging times, it is important that your business can grow and get the staff you need. We are here to help, and our service is funded by the government, so there is no charge to you.

What you need to know

All participants must be between the ages of 16 -24 years old and be claiming Universal Credit.
The government pays the wages of the young person at the National Minimum Wage for their age group for 25 hours a week and for the period of 6 months.
It must be a new job and not replace existing or planned vacancies, and they cannot cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment.

Our Kickstart Assist Mission

We believe that employers should be able to access Kickstart funding to support young people to gain meaningful placements / work experience. You can do this through Kickstart Assist – a Kickstart Gateway specifically designed for the needs of employers.

We understand you need a Kickstart gateway that will:

  • Confirm your Kickstart opportunity fits the eligibility criteria
  • Deal with Jobcentre Plus on your behalf
  • Pass on the wage subsidy and a £900 grant to help with on-costs
  • Provide £600 worth of exceptional employablity support to the young person to help them settle in your organisation and progress in life
  • Support the young person to keep motivated and help them move on after the placement


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