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A free, simple and secure Kickstart Gateway


The Kickstart scheme is now open. As of 3 Feb 2021, you can now apply to DWP direct. But, if you'd like an easy life, we'll take care of your application, 100% free of charge.

A free, simple and secure Kickstart Gateway


The Kickstart scheme is now open. As of 3 Feb 2021, you can now apply to DWP direct. But, if you'd like an easy life, we'll take care of your application, 100% free of charge.

What is the Kickstart scheme?

The Kickstart scheme is designed to help young people (16-24) who are currently on universal credit to develop the skills and experience they need to find work, through valuable 6 month job placements.

Via the scheme, the Government is funding 100% of every placement and offering grants of £1,500 per role to cover the cost of training and employability support. The Government will also cover all necessary employer national insurance and pension contributions meaning the schemes are 100% cost neutral to employers.

The scheme is run by the DWP and Jobcentre who will help place candidates in Kickstarter roles. The scheme is open to any employer that can offer more than 30 job roles OR to any employer who applies via an official Government Gateway, like us.

“Our country’s future will be built by the next generation, so it’s vital that we harness the talent of young people as we rebuild from the pandemic.

"But this isn’t just about kickstarting our economy, we’re giving opportunity and hope to thousands of young people, kickstarting their careers and offering them a brighter future.”

Rishi Sunak
Chancellor of the Exchequer

Is my company/charity eligible for the scheme?

Any organisation from any sector can apply, but you must be a registered limited company or charity and you must have at least 12 months accounts filed at companies house or charities house. Unfortunately, Sole Traders are not eligible.

But, you also need to consider whether you're making the right kind of application. Take a look at the two illustrative examples below:

👍 Likely to be accepted

Jan runs a baking company. They employ 20 people and they've been in business for 5 years and they've got good accounting records and a good credit rating. Business has been solid over the last couple of years and they're now cashflow positive.

They're looking for 3 Kickstarters to help with marketing, logistics and in sales. They're planning on training them up through the 6 month placement and they really hope they can hire them long term after the 6 months has finished - and it's a realistic prospect if they can just increase their output by 5-10% in the next 6 months of trading.

Jan has a great chance of being accepted by the DWP. Her business is solid, with a good credit rating and she's looking at a modest increase in her team with good chances to hire them afterwards.

👎 Unlikely to be accepted

June runs a sports apparel brand. They employ 8 people at the moment and 3 of them are currently on furlough. They've identified an opportunity to start a new product line in fishing and they're looking for 25 Kickstarters to build and launch it. They've been trading for 18 months so far.

They're not confident they'll be able to hire any of the Kickstarters after the scheme has finished - it all depends how the launch goes.

June's application is likely to be rejected by DWP. Firstly, she has staff on furlough and this might count against her. Secondly, her business isn't well established yet and she's looking for more Kickstarters than she has current employees. June's accounts will likely show that unless she has a fantastic 6 months, she won't be able to employ many of the Kickstarters afterwards.


How it works

1. Apply to our Secure Gateway
Fill out this quick sign up form. It takes less than five minutes to complete, we just need a few details about your business and the type of roles you’re planning to offer.

2. Get a decision.
The DWP will check your roles are compliant, and we’ll let you know once funding has been granted. This process usually takes 4-6 weeks, but we'll keep you updated while you wait.

3. Hire your candidate
Interview and choose from a talented pool of applicants put forward by the Job Centre. After you hire, funding instalments that will be paid out monthly in arrears.

Read our FAQs >

Benefits of our Secure Kickstart Gateway


Why choose our Gateway?

Our Gateway has been certified by the DWP as one of their official nationwide Gateways. So, when you apply for Kickstart through limber, we’ll be on hand every step of the way to make sure things go smoothly. We’ll help you tailor your role, and provide all the support you need to ensure your placements are compliant, with regular check ins, progress reports and resources.

We aren’t charging employers a penny for being their Gateway, because we’re able to claim a Government grant of £300 for every role. That means you get to keep all the government support available.

When we’re not helping SMEs with the Kickstart scheme, we run a flexible employment platform - helping connect young people with shift work in the hospitality sector. So when it comes to payments, payroll and understanding DWP/HMRC schemes, we’re the best in the business. So, once you’ve applied, just sit back and relax, and we’ll take care of the admin. Because we're used to working with the DWP, you can trust us with your application.

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FAQs

For more information about the Kickstart Job Scheme, and all the terms and conditions, head here.

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Getting Started

1How do I apply?
The sign up form takes less than five minutes to complete - we just need a few details about your business and the type of roles you intend to offer. The sign up form is here.
2How do I know if my company eligible?
Any organisation from any sector can apply, but you must be a registered limited company or charity and you must have at least 12 months accounts filed at companies house or charities house. Unfortunately, Sole Traders are not eligible.
3How long does it take?
We apply for Kickstart funding twice per month, so depending on where we are in the cycle, you’ll receive confirmation that your application has been submitted 1-2 weeks after you complete the sign up form. After this, the DWP will check if the roles are compliant, and we’ll be in touch as soon as funding has been granted and your role can begin. Employers can spread the start date of the job placement up until the end of December 2021.
4What support do I have to give?
Once the placement begins, together with our support, you’ll be responsible for helping participants develop their skills and experience. This includes CV writing, interview prep, career advice and goal setting - but don’t worry, we’ll be on hand to help.

Roles and placements

1What sort of roles are funded by Kickstart?
Kickstart roles must be new jobs and a minimum of 25 hours per week over 6 months. They must not replace existing or planned vacancies or cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment - apart from that, they can be anything. You can apply for funding for as many roles as you like at a time, as long as it’s under 30.
2What about training?
The Job Centre will put forward applicants with varying qualifications and abilities. That’s why the roles must not require extensive training in order for the participants to start work.
3Can I choose who is placed in the role?
In order to participate, Kicstart candidates must be 16-24 and in receipt of universal credit. Candidates that suit the role will be put forward by their Jobcentre Plus coach. You will then have the opportunity to interview the candidates before choosing who to employ, like any other recruitment process.
4Can I employ the participant after 6 months?
Yes and it's actively encouraged by the Kickstart scheme. But obviously, anything beyond the 6 month placement will not be funded by the Government.
5What if I change my mind or the participant leaves?
If a Kickstart participant ceases to engage in the placement at any point during the 6-months, you must notify us immediately.
6What about more Covid-19 disruption?
If where the placement is due to take place is closed due to Covid, work will be carried out from home, or the start date of the placement will be delayed until the venue reopens, whichever is more appropriate.

Funding and pricing

1What does the Kickstart scheme cost?
We won’t charge you, so it won’t cost a penny. The Government will cover all the administration costs and this will be paid to us directly, so no need to worry there. The Government are also funding 100% of the Kickstart scheme costs so all wages are covered too. That's capped at 25 hours per week of salary at the applicable Minimum Wage plus all employer pension and national insurance contributions. Plus, you'll receive a £1,500 grant per Kickstart role you offer to go towards training and support.
2How does funding and payment work?
Information is a bit sparse, but we believe that funding will be paid out monthly in arrears. So, as a Gateway, we’ll apply on your behalf each month for the wages before distributing these sums to you.
3What if I want to pay more than minimum wage?
The scheme permits employers to pay participants more than the National Minimum Wage, but you have to cover the cost yourself along with any associated increases to employer National insurance and pension contributions.
4Can I apply multiple times?
Yes, there are no limitations to how many times you can apply for Kickstart funding.
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