Date: 01/02/2021
Author: Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
Company: Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

This week sees important changes to the government’s flagship Kickstart programme.

The Kickstart Scheme was started last year in response to the pandemic and provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment.

Business can apply for funding to cover 100% of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months.

Up to now the government has had a 30 placement threshold meaning that employees with less than this number of vacancies have had to use a Kickstart Gateway organisation to access the scheme.

However from 3rd February 2021, employers can apply directly to the Kickstart scheme for any number of job placements or can choose to use a Gateway organisation. 

Employers that choose to apply direct but require additional support to carry out the Wraparound support can choose to work with an approved Gateway for this.

GM Chamber is an approved Gateway and since the start of the scheme has helped 104 businesses and approved placements for 296 young people. We have put together an attractive package of wraparound support for employers and young people. 

Kickstart gateways already working with the scheme can continue to add more employers and job placements to their grant agreement.

If you would like to find out more about how we can support you during the scheme, please get in touch with Diane Elebert Morgan – our Kickstart Co-Ordinator.

Diane can be contacted on