The Kickstart scheme

The Kickstart scheme is a £2 billion fund designed to create hundreds of thousands of high quality, 6-month work placements for young people aged 16-24, who are claiming Universal Credit.


As the Government launched its Kickstart scheme, aimed at helping young people into work, the Sussex Chamber of Commerce stepped up to act as a Gateway Organisation to support businesses to maximise the benefits of the scheme.


The Government’s Kickstart scheme is designed to help young people whose dreams, careers and ideal jobs have been affected by COVID-19.


The Kickstart Scheme is now CLOSED for all companies


Once a job placement is completed, and by working with various partners in Sussex, the aim is to support the young person into long term employment, an apprenticeship or other opportunities.


Existing approved companies should submit their Job Placement Vacancy forms before the end of January. All placements will close end of February and the candidates must start before the end of March 2022 in order to qualify for the grant funding. 



Training and Development


The Government will fund £1,500 to support and train the young person. Sussex Chamber has numerous member training and college providers who can help you with your training needs.


Check out the Kickstart Scheme Training Providers & Training Courses here



The Kickstart scheme is now CLOSED for new companies.