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Boost your business
with the Kickstart Scheme

Creating meaningful work for young people.


Small employers can find it difficult to navigate the complexity of government schemes. Adecco Working Ventures, in partnership with the Federation of Small Businesses, can help.

The two organisations have come together to help small employers access the Government’s £2 billion Kickstart Scheme designed to create thousands of 6-month work placements for unemployed people aged 16-24.

The partnership takes all of the hassle away from small employers, allowing them to focus on giving a great work experience to the young person. Acting as an intermediary for the scheme, we will provide the wages, wraparound support and meet all of the administrative requirements.

The partnership brings together national and local expertise in finding people jobs and supporting employers. It is underpinned by a deep-rooted understanding of small businesses, scalable technology, digital job search capability and a leading employment-focused training offer.

All employers need to do is provide meaningful work for the young person for 6 months.

How to apply

Employers can apply for the scheme by completing the short form on the link below. We will then work with the Federation of Small Businesses to apply for funding on your behalf.

How does it work

Step 1: Apply

Applying is quick and easy. Simply complete the form to tell us about your business and the placements you would like to offer.

Step 2: Search

Adecco Working Ventures will contact you to discuss the placements you have to offer and work with you to create a job description and advertisement.

Step 3: Interview

You will then meet and interview your candidates to make sure they are the right fit. Adecco Working Ventures is on hand to support as much or as little as you need.

Step 4: Recruit

Once you make a decision, you will recruit your preferred candidate and meet your Kickstart coach who will support you and your employee throughout the placement.

Do you have questions?

We hope these FAQs help you understand how we can support your application for the Government’s Kickstart Scheme.

 If your question isn’t answered here, please email and someone will get back to you.

The Kickstart scheme is part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs, announced in July. £2bn of funding has been allocated to create thousands of 6 month work placements for unemployed people aged 16-24, giving them a chance to get back into the workplace and kickstart our economy. The placements will help young people develop the skills and experience they will need in the workplace at the end of their placement – whilst providing you with the extra resource to grow your business.

Every business in the UK is eligible to apply for Kickstart placements, as long as the jobs are genuinely new. You can’t use Kickstart funding to replace existing or planned jobs. They must be for a minimum of 25 hours per week, pay at least the National Minimum Wage and not require people to undertake extensive training before they can begin their placement.

There is no limit to the number of Kickstart placements you can use, but to apply for the funding yourself you must be looking to support at least 30 placements. However, if you can’t offer this many, Adecco Working Ventures in partnership with the Federation of Small Businesses can help.

Get in touch with us. We will bring together employers from across the country and apply for the placements on your behalf. This reduces the amount of paperwork you need to worry about and means you can focus on growing your business. We believe that small businesses like yours will be the engine that drive the recovery of the UK economy, and we want to help you access this fantastic opportunity.

Tell us how many new jobs you want to create (it can be as few as 1), where you want to create them, and what the jobs will be. We will then apply to the Department of Work and Pensions to access the Kickstart funding. All you will need to do is interview and select your candidates and give them meaningful work to do.

We will support you every step of the way, as much or as little as you need. We can help you create a job description and advert, and then work with Jobcentre Plus to help you find the right people. We can help you to shortlist and interview, if required, to make sure you get the right fit for your company. We will handle all the administration involved, including HR and payroll. We will also provide lots of support for the young person to make sure they are ready for work and help them get ready to move into a permanent role at the end of their placement.

The young person will be employed by Adecco Working Ventures but will work for you. You will be responsible for managing them on a day-to-day basis and making sure they have meaningful work to do, but we will be there if you need any support or to help with resolving any problems.

That’s for you to decide. It will depend on the role you’ve created and the skills they need to carry it out. The role can’t need much training prior to the start of the placement. There’s no requirement to deliver any formal training or qualifications, but again, this would be role dependent and down to you.

Each young person will have a Kickstart Coach, who will work with them throughout their placement to build their employability skills and prepare them to look for a permanent role at the end of the placement. The amount of time and support will vary from person to person but it will all be agreed between us, the young person and your business at the start of the placement – and reviewed regularly together.

The aim of the scheme is to prepare people for permanent jobs. This doesn’t mean that you need to provide that role – there is no obligation or commitment for you to provide a permanent role at the end of the placement. We will work with the young person to help them identify the work they want to do and support them in getting a permanent job. But if you were able to make their role permanent, that’s fine too. At the end of the placement, if you want to bring in another Kickstarter, that’s also fine – and we can work with you again to find another young person to bring onboard.