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.

Applying for the Kickstart Scheme with AAI EmployAbility.

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

Our team has supported employers of all sizes to navigate recruitment and government support programmes for the last 10 years. We have experience in translating public sector frameworks having managed similar employment projects with both the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise. We can also provide the required employability training (more details below).

What you need to know:

  • Employers from all industries and across the private, public and voluntary sectors are eligible. All sizes of companies, including sole traders, can apply.

  • Details about the checks the Government will make to verify that your organisation is established, reputable, and financially solvent can be found here.
  • The UK Government will fund 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours per week, plus employer NI contributions and minimum automatic enrolment contributions.
  • Employers will receive £1500 per job placement on start to be used for things such as set-up costs, support and relevant employability training for the participant.

  • DWP plans to reimburse employers in arrears monthly after the placement starts. Part of the £1500 could be used here to tide you over.

  • Placements must be for new jobs and cannot be a replacement for existing vacancies or displace current employees.

  • A Jobcentre Plus Work Coach will monitor the new employee with periodic check-ins.


To apply to be a part of the scheme with AAI EmployAbility as your Kickstart Gateway Organisation, simply fill out this form and a member of our team will be in touch.

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