Access the Kickstart Scheme with AAI

Access the Kickstart Scheme with AAI

What is the Kickstart Scheme?

The Kickstart Scheme is a current initiative from the UK Government to encourage economic growth whilst supporting social mobility in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The £2 billion fund will create thousands of 6-month work placements for young people aged 16-24 who are currently claiming Universal Credit. This will provide work experience and skills for the employees, and boost capacity and output of partnering employers.

AAI EmployAbility is proud to have been named a recognised Gateway organisation to aid businesses in accessing this support.

Our team has supported over 300 UK employers of all sizes to navigate the application process for the Kickstart scheme and is providing the required employability training (more details below).

Due to high demand, we are no longer accepting applications from new employers. 

If your application is currently being processed by our team, or you have already hired for the Kickstart Scheme through AAI, we will continue to support you to access the scheme.

If you have any questions about the status of your application, please contact 

The Government will be accepting applications until 17 December. For more information on how to apply, click HERE.


Regarding the mandatory candidate training 

One of the Government’s requirements is that each placement must develop the employability skills and experience of the young people placed. AAI EmployAbility can work with you to provide this mandatory wrap-around training, delivered virtually. 

On 21 October 2020 Renée and Nick from the AAI team answered all the FAQs we’ve had about the scheme with the most up-to-date information available at the time.

Here is a sample of the session, discussing the application.

If you would like the recording from the full one-hour webinar session, please request it via

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