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Kickstart Scheme: Guide for Employers

With unemployment rising among young people, it has never been more important for businesses to help the next generation succeed.

Kickstart their future and back local talent.

Can your business create a new 6-month job placement for a young person? Discover new talent and develop their skills to support your business.

Gloucestershire College is acting as an intermediary to support employers through the process. 

Who is the Kickstart Scheme for?

The Kickstart Scheme is a new incentive from the government for 16 to 24 year olds who currently claim Universal Credit and are at serious risk of becoming long-term unemployed. The scheme provides funding for employers to create new 6-month job placements for these young people. The government funding will cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours per week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions. The young person will receive invaluable, paid work experience and the opportunity to develop their skills.

How does the Kickstart Scheme work?

  • Employers need to offer one or more 6-month work placements
  • Simply tell us how many placements you would like to offer via the contact form below, and we will handle the rest
  • 100% of the young person's wage will be paid by the government plus your business will receive funding towards any start-up costs such as uniform, equipment and training

What are the benefits for employers?

  • Discover new talent and develop their skills to support your business
  • Provide your current employees with experience in training and mentoring
  • Help back local talent and shape the skills and future of young people within Gloucestershire

Why Gloucestershire College?

By acting as an intermediary, Gloucestershire College will not only handle the whole application process for you but will also provide training and support to the young people joining your business. As part of the scheme, we are providing all participants with a Kickstart training programme.

Our unique Kickstart training package will see participants gain personal, social, work and vocational skills to prepare them for employment. This additional training provided by Gloucestershire College combined with the 6-month work placement with your organisation will have a lasting, meaningful impact on the young person’s future.

On completion of the placement, we can provide employers and their Kickstart employees with further support and training solutions such as apprenticeships, traineeships, and professional courses to help them into full time employment.

Been referred from C2S?

Gloucestershire College is the official Circle2Success Kickstart partner. Whether your business can offer 1, 5 or 20+ places, we want to hear from you. Get in touch to register your interest and we can support your business to make the most of the scheme.

Can your business offer a work placement?

We are looking for both larger and small employers from all kinds of industries and sectors in Gloucestershire to offer valuable work placements for young people on the Kickstart Scheme. Register your interest today by filling out the form below. 



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Contact Employer Training & Apprenticeships 

Our Employer Training & Apprenticeships team can offer your business expert advice about Apprenticeships, Traineeships and the Kickstart Scheme. Get in touch today via: or fill in the contact form above.


Why Gloucestershire College?

We guide any ambitious and motivated person on their journey through education and their career, by providing the right environment that encourages and nurtures individual talents.

Our industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching team provide our students with the skills businesses truly need.

We are here to help

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Ofsted has rated us good.

  • We offer industry relevant facilities
  • Our lecturers are passionate subject specialists
  • Employers value our students' skills

We'll look after you. We have dedicated teams to help you and a great Learning Mentor scheme.