Kickstart Programme

The district council are pleased to be able to support the local delivery of the Kickstart programme, helping young people into employment. We are working with a number of delivery partners to promote the scheme to employers and young people who are looking to start their career. The programme will support employers to recruit young people (16 to 24 year olds) by providing 100% of the national minimum wage requirements for 25 hours over a 6 month period.

We are working with the East Midlands Chamber and Stephenson College to support employers and engage with young people to access the support available. The chamber are already a delivery partner for the scheme and we are developing a local delivery for the district. Here is some useful information about the scheme and the role we are playing with the chamber in delivering it:  

How Does The Kickstart Scheme Work?

How does the Kickstart Scheme work?

The Kickstart scheme aims to get young people who are currently claiming universal credit on work placements, which last for a period of up to six months.

The government will cover 100% of minimum wage for 16-24-year-olds, up to 25 hours per week. They'll also cover National Insurance payments and any pension contributions.

Per hour, that's £4.55 for under 18s, £6.45 for 18 to 20-year-olds, and £8.20 for 21 to 24-year-olds.

Employers can top up that payment if they wish. They also get £1,500 to set up support and training, and to pay for equipment, uniforms and other costs.

How Can You Apply For The Kickstart Scheme?

North West Leicestershire District Council has teamed up with East Midlands Chamber to encourage businesses to get more young people into work by taking advantage of the new Kickstart scheme. East Midlands Chamber is an approved Gateway Organisation and would be delighted to support you. To find out more, please visit or contact Pieter Eksteen, Education and Business Partnership Manager on 07468 474307 or email   

For further information and guidance please go to the Government website for the Kickstart Scheme:

If you require any support from the council then please email us at: and we will be help to help.

£1,000 Business Traineeship Support - Employers can now apply for a £1,000 cash boost to help them take on new trainees.

The cash boost is available until 31 July 2021. The scheme will help businesses with the cost of providing a high-quality work placement for a trainee. This may include providing facilities, uniforms or, helping with travel costs.

How do I apply?

More information about applying can found on our business funding page.

Share this page:

Last updated: Fri 30 July, 2021 @ 09:25