Business and investment Kickstart Scheme

Information for employers

If you are an employer looking to create job placements for young people, check if you can apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme.

There are two routes to apply, depending on how many placements you are offering, more than 30 or fewer than 30.

Employers offering 30 or more placements 

Employers with a minimum of 30 job placements can apply for funding online.

Employers will need to provide: 

  • the Companies House reference number or Charity Commission number
  • the organisation address and contact details
  • details of the job placements and their location

You will also need to supply information about how the job placements are new jobs and do not:

  • replace existing or planned vacancies
  • cause existing employees, apprentices or contractors to lose or reduce their employment

Read more about the criteria and the supporting information you will need to provide when you apply.

Employers - fewer than 30 placements 

A Kickstart Scheme application must be for a minimum of 30 job placements. If a single employer cannot provide this many job placements, they can:

  • find an existing Kickstart gateway, such as a local authority, chamber of commerce or trade body
  • join a group of other employers, nominating someone to carry out the responsibilities of a representative

They can submit an application on your behalf, using other employers to create 30 or more job placements in one application.

 Find someone to apply for you

Representatives applying on behalf of a group of employers, can get £300 of funding for each job placement to support the associated administrative costs of bringing together these employers. Find out more about the responsibilities of a representative.

Employers can email to find out more about the Kickstart scheme.

Would you like to become a representative?

Manchester City council is working with organisations who would like to become Representatives to maximise the number of placements that are created across the city.

An assessment will be carried out as to the suitability of representatives. 

Representatives must have experience of managing partnership agreements with third parties and robust financial and governance processes to manage the application. 

Applications are currently closed to representatives that do not have this experience. Further information will be released in the future on how these groups can become a representative. 

Find out more about becoming a representative.

If you would like to talk to one of our Work & Skills team about becoming a representative, email

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