Kickstart Scheme


Dear Local Business,

The Kickstart Scheme newly announced by central government provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people. The first placements are likely to be available from November 2020 and the scheme will run to December 2021.

Funding will cover for each job placement:

  • 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
  • the associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

The fund aims to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements aimed at those aged 16 to 24.

Applications for the funding must be for a minimum of 30 jobs. This application can be made through an intermediary organisation. LBBD and the BEC are working in partnership to act as intermediary organisations in the borough. We will also be providing support to employers applying through us, to deliver the training and support components of the placements.

To find out more on the scheme click here

To express interest in applying through LBBD or the BEC as an intermediary, please email by Thursday 24th September, with Kickstart in the subject line, and providing the following initial information:

Company Name:
Contact Email:
Companies House registration or registered Charity number:
Number of kickstart employees you plan on employing? (maximum 29):
Types of vacancies Kickstarters will work in, ideally with proposed job titles:

We will respond to you with requests for further information or queries over the next 2-3 weeks as we confirm the technical details of the application process to central government. We will aim to submit applications to the scheme in early – mid October.

We will require all employers for whom we act as intermediaries to commit to the Kickstart Barking and Dagenham pledges attached - this includes topping up the funding to pay London Living Wage to all Kickstart funded employees. We will also require employers applying through us to pass a due diligence process to confirm you are able to cover the wages for the positions until the funding is paid, which we understand from information provided so far will be in arrears.

Businesses can of course also apply to be an intermediary themselves, and we are keen to hear from and liaise collaboratively with any larger employers in the borough who are considering acting as an intermediary as well.

We are still receiving information from central government about the scheme as they are finalising it, and confirming exactly how arrangements will work, over the next few weeks. If you have any other queries about this scheme please visit the official Kickstart scheme website here.  If you have any other queries about how we are intending to support employers in the borough to access and deliver the scheme, please do get in touch.

Yours sincerely,

Cllr Sade Bright

Chair of Barking and Dagenham Business Forum
Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills & Aspiration