Forward Kickstart Programme

Help to make you Kickstarts a success




The government’s £2 billion Kickstart scheme is a fantastic opportunity to bring new talent into your business

The scheme provides six-month work placements for young people aged 16-24 on Universal Credit at risk of long-term unemployment.

Funding available through the scheme covers 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated National Insurance contributions, for each placement.


Forward can help you realise this opportunity at your organisation – regardless of your resources or capacity.




How we can help

We offer three types of support to suit your circumstances and priorities. Get in touch today to find out more or explore other ways to work with us:



We’ll handle all aspects of your application to the scheme and your Kickstarters’ training and support needs. This includes weekly employability training, advice and guidance, job coaching and online support to hell make your Kickstarter placements a success.

You'll also be able to join our Partners and Employers Network, where you can access events, seminars and roundtable discussions aimed finding solutions to shared challenges facing employers.

Our complete support package is ideal for organisations looking to offer less than 30 placements and lack the time or capacity to organise training and support.

We’ll create a tailored support programme for your Kickstarters, focusing on developing the skills, experience and confidence needed to thrive in your organisation – and leaving them ready for the next step in their careers. This includes provide involves weekly training and guidance for the duration of their six-month placements.

Learning support is for employers that are able to take on at least 30 Kickstarters or have used another gateway organisation but don’t have the capacity to do the upskilling and training required.

If you want to take on Kickstarters but are unable to offer 30 or more placement, we’ll process your application for you through our employer network. We’ll transfer the £1,500 incentive and salary to you once received at week one and months two, four and six.

Application support is for you if you want to join the scheme but have smaller number of opportunities to offer.



Additional funded support

To ensure Kickstarts create as many new careers as possible, we’re committed to supporting all the employers and Kickstarters we work after placements end.

We offer free consultancy to develop an action plan, with support available from Forward’s employment services including:

  • Additional employability training and qualifications
  • Apprenticeships training
  • Recruitment services




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