Employ young talent FOR FREE.

  • Create any amount of 6-month work placements

  • Obtain up to £7,600 grant per placement*

  • The grant covers the salaries & employability support

  • Free, quick to apply, no hidden fees

  • You can discontinue at any time

What is Kickstart Scheme?

Kickstart Scheme

Is the new Government funding for employers to create new job placements.

Who can be hired?

You can hire employees from 16 to 24 years old on Universal Credit.

Funding will cover

  • Total up to £7,600 per placement*

  • National Minimum Wage, for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months

  • National Insurance contributions

  • Minimum automatic enrolment contributions

  • £1,500 for setup costs & training

Placement terms

  • The placement must be 6 months

  • The contract can be extended afterwards, or terminated before it ends

  • Employers can pay more than NMW or hire for longer hours

  • Employers must provide professional training and support for employee


How It Works

2 working days

4 weeks

3-6 weeks

6 months

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Fill out a quick application form below with the details about your business and the job position(s) that you want to create. We create all the necessary paperwork, consult with you when required and send to DWP.


Department for Work and Pensions reviews our submission within 4 weeks. We'll keep you updated while you wait.


Allows up to 2 more weeks for DWP to publish the vacancies. The Job Center Plus will provide you a pool of talented candidates that meet your job requirements, so you do not need to search for them by yourself.


After you hire, you will receive your initial cash portion of the grant and receive salary reimbursements in monthly installments.

Why you should apply with us

As a DWP-approved Kickstart Gateway, we take care of the application process and organise the required employability training & support during the scheme as expected by the government. Our support is covered by the grant & constitutes less than 10% of the total grant funding of up to £7,600 per placement you receive.*


Job Placement Preparation

We want to ensure that Kickstart Scheme is the absolute success for your organisation: discussing how this scheme aligns with your HR needs & drafting job descriptions.


Application Submission

Applying with us as a government-approved Gateway is simple. It takes less than 10 minutes for you to fill in the forms and we will do the rest. Unlike most other gateways, we take time to review your submissions & advise you on how to meet the grant requirements where needed.


Highest chance of approval

To date, we have a 100% acceptance rate on our grant applications while national average estimates are below 50%*. The difference is in our diverse team expertise & dedicated approach to every single application we receive. *as of 1st February 2021


Fast-track DWP consideration

We pride ourselves to be one of the quickest Kickstart Gateways. Our submissions are in line with best practices & we have a fast-track process in place (as an alternative to applying via gov.uk), which means DWP spends less time approving our applications.


Fulfilling Employability Training Grant Requirements

Our award-winning Employability Skills Platform is an approved 3-month training process to meet all related requirements; it goes above & beyond the basics, and ensures that you can focus on what's important: enabling fresh workforce to help out with your business from day one without having to worry about job-search related trainings imposed by the grant.


General Terms

By completing and submitting the form below, you agree to nominate Goldman Professionals as a Kickstart Representative on your behalf.

You would obtain £500 of grant funding per placement plus the funding to cover the salaries.

Please refer to Kickstart Support Services Terms & Conditions below.

Step 1: Kickstart Application Form

NOTE: If you are not sure how to answer any of the questions below, please write "Not sure" in the Answer Box, submit the application as it is and we will get in touch to discuss these points with you.

In which region will these job placements be based? Please tick all that apply.

We shall provide support with long term employability of your new employees hired via the Kickstart Scheme via our award-winning employability training platfrom; however, the DWP also expects you to offer mentorship and additional in-house training. Please indicate below if you intend to offer alternative employability support:

1) my organisation is not applying via another Kickstart Gateway for the same positions listed in this form.
2) the job placement(s) will not replace existing or planned jobs and will not cause existing employees/contractors to lose or reduce their employment in my organisation.
3) the job placement(s) will be for 6 months and for at least 25 hours a week and that the job placement(s) will pay at least the National Minimum Wage through PAYE, plus employers National Insurance and pension contributions.

4) I agree with the Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Note1: National Minimum Wage & the related employers National Insurance and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions are reimbursed by the government for the placements.
Note 2: You do not need to have PAYE already setup to be eligible to apply.

Thanks for submitting!

IMPORTANT: Kickstart Support Services Terms & Conditions


The Kickstart “EMPRENDEDORES” are operated by Octohost Ltd ("DL Business Consultancy" or "we", "us" and "our", as the context requires), a company incorporated and registered under the laws of England & Wales with company number 11694857, whose registered office is at 52 Mintern Street N1 5EG. By completing and submitting the form below, you are (i) irrevocably agreeing to these Terms & Conditions ("T&Cs"), and (ii) nominating DL Business Consultancy as a Kickstart Representative on your behalf.


Services offered by DL Business Consultancy in partnership with Goldman Professionals include:

• job placements proposition drafting;

• application drafting and submission;

• assistance throughout the application process and employability training for your new employees.


The payment for each placement is £500, and it will be deducted from the grant funding of £1500 per placement that we will receive upon the successful outcome of your application for the Kickstart Scheme.

Cancellation & Refund

Completing this form does not guarantee that you or your organisation are eligible for the Kickstart Scheme funding, and in an event of your ineligibility, any relevant payments will be refunded. Any payment processing fees will be deducted from the sum to you in any of the aforementioned scenarios. Any refunds will be issued within 30 calendar days since the date of your request for refund.


Except as expressly set out in these T&Cs, all warranties, conditions and other terms, whether express or implied, by statute, common law or otherwise are hereby excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law.


You shall not assign, transfer, mortgage, charge, declare a trust over, or deal in any other manner with any or all of its rights and obligations under these T&Cs without having received our prior written consent to that effect.


DL Business Consultancy or Goldman Professionals shall not be liable for any breach of its obligations under these T&Cs where it is prevented from performing such obligations by any cause outside its reasonable control.


These T&Cs constitute the entire agreement between you and DL Business Consultancy and or Goldman Professionals and supersedes and extinguishes all previous agreements, promises, assurances, warranties, representations and understandings between you and DL Business Consultancy and or Goldman Professionals, whether written or oral, relating to the T&Cs' subject matter.


If any provision of these T&Cs (or part of any provision) is or becomes illegal, invalid or unenforceable, the legality, validity and enforceability of any other provision of these T&Cs shall not be affected.

These T&Cs and any dispute or claim (including non-contractual disputes or claims) arising out of or in connection with these T&Cs or their subject of formation, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales.

We fully reserve the right to change, modify, substitute, suspend or remove any information relating to these T&Cs at any time without notice.

Frequently asked questions

Are you an approved Kickstart Gateway?

DWP has instructed us to channel applications via us, dated 16/11/2020. As of December 2020, we are listed on the gov.uk as an approved Kickstart Gateway.

Free to apply?

We've worked hard to streamline the due diligence process and absorb the upfront costs - and now can process the applications at 0 cost to you.

"Up to £7,600 grant per placement" - how much is it?

Grant amount depends on the age of the worker - as National Minimum Wage (NMW) & salary-related costs depend on the age band.

As DWP puts it:

"Maximum Sum of Grant per Participant - £7648.80
This maximum figure is based on a Participant aged 25 at the end of their six-month Kickstart Scheme employment. The actual amount of the Grant paid for each Participant will depend on their age at the end of their six-month Kickstart Scheme employment and what the National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage is for a Participant of that age."

Why some gateways don't charge any fees at all?

A big portion of rejected applications made outside of our Kickstart Gateway fail because they do not show adequate employability support for the placements or assist with filling in the forms. We estimate that only about 25% of all Kickstart applications are a success.

In contrast, we have 100% success rate to date, and can assure that there is above 95% chance of success if you apply via us.

We provide dedicated specialist support, and take care of the employability skills training of the placements - which is the most crucial part of the application, that's why this grant was created. This is explained in further detail at the top of this page.

Furthermore, training & development of placement employees is an allowable expense as per the grant rules.

What are the timeframes?

With the fast track process, we complete your application & send it within 2 working days.
Then, the DWP processes the applications; currently the process takes up to 4 weeks, although it can take longer.
Then, the recruitment process takes place. This can take anywhere between several days and several weeks.
As soon you confirm a placement, and both us & the DWP assured that a genuine placement has started, you will receive the initial grant funding.
You may want to look over "How it works" section above for the infographic.

What is this employability skills platform?

We have initially designed this platform to assist university students & recent graduates with employability, to equip with the skills and knowledge to secure professional work.

We have re-purposed this platform to enable support of the Kickstart Scheme Applications made via us & other gateways.

This covers topics such as Job Search Strategies, Networking, Designing CVs & Cover Letters, Passing Interviews as well as those aimed at Adding Value to the Employer or Boosting Commercial Awareness. It is a mix of videos, knowledge articles, assignments, consultations & workshops.

As this platform is our core activity, it is constantly being developed, adding new features & knowledge base.

We also aim to ensure that our employers are compliant during the whole duration of the Kickstart Scheme placement.

Where can the placements be? Location, georgraphy?

We cover all possible geographies - not just London, but England, Wales & Scotland.
We may need to do an inspection of your premises prior or during the placements to ensure that they are satisfactory.
It is also possible to create Work from Home (WFH) placements.

Who is responsible for the candidate pool & hiring? Can we introduce someone from our end to the candidate pool?

The candidate pool is provided by DWP & Job Centre Plus - it is not possible to add your applicants directly to the consideration.
You can instruct your eligible candidates to apply for local Job Cente Plus, and this way you could potentially be match-maked.

Recruitment, selecting the candidates from the candidate pool is employer's responsibility. We are able to assist with that on a case by case basis. You can decide not to proceed with the placement at any point, for example if you do not find the right person from the candidate pool available, or after the placement starts, subject to DWP T&C of the Kickstart Scheme and our Kickstart Support Services Terms and Conditions.

Can we discuss collaboration, working together?

Yes, of course!
We are open for partnerships, subject to compliance with the current agreements with the DWP & other 3rd parties.
Please contact us & let us know what you have on your mind.

Can you help with setting up PAYE and Admin etc?

Depending the what you need help with, we will either assist you directly as part of the Kickstart Scheme or let you know of the accountants that provide such support.

We have a quote from an accounting firm that provides ongoing PAYE support for £10/month/employee on employers' end. In terms of the Kickstart Scheme, this is considered an allowable grant expense too.

I am still unsure how it works, can I speak to someone?

Of course. If after reading information on this webpage you are still unsure, you can reach out to us & we will try our best to answer your queries within the same business day. Please provide specific questions upfront, it would help us to assist yourself & others quickly.