A Kickstart Gateway for SMEs

The Kickstart scheme is now open. However, if you have fewer than 30 Kickstarter roles, you’ll need to apply via an approved Gateway such as LSS Group

As a DWP approved Gateway, we’ll handle all aspects of your Kickstart roles at no extra cost to your business.

What is the Kickstart scheme?

The Kickstart scheme is designed to help young people (16-24) who are currently on universal credit to develop the skills and experience they need to find work, through valuable 6 month job placements.

Via the scheme, the Government is funding 100% of every placement and the Government will also cover all necessary employer national insurance and pension contributions meaning the schemes are 100% cost neutral to employers.

The scheme is run by the DWP and Jobcentre who will help place candidates in Kickstarter roles. The scheme is open to any employer that can offer more than 30 job roles OR to any employer who applies via an approved Government Gateway, like us.

For the employers and young people on placements, LSS Group will ensure quality of support throughout the process and advise on those valuable next steps of re-entering paid, full time employment with comprehensive wrap-around support.

How it works

1. Apply to our Gateway
Fill out this quick sign up form. It takes less than five minutes to complete, we just need a few details about your business and the type of roles you are planning to offer.

2. Get a decision
The DWP will check your roles are compliant, and we’ll let you know once funding has been granted. This process usually takes 4-6 weeks, but we’ll keep you updated while you wait.

3. Hire your candidate
Interview and choose from a talented pool of applicants put forward by the Job Centre. After you hire, funding instalments will be paid out monthly in arrears.

Benefits of the Kickstart Scheme


Funding is available for 100% of the applicable National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance and pensions contributions.

Training Future Talent

Through the Kickstart scheme, you’ll have the opportunity to train up new member(s) of your team and invest in the future talent – which hopefully, you’ll be able to retain after their 6 month placement ends.

Helping a Generation

Young people have been hit particularly hard by the recent disruption to the job market. By taking part in the Kickstart job scheme, you’ll be helping a whole generation get back on their feet.

Why Choose Us?

LSS Group has over 30yrs experience in providing operational management support to the UK hospitality and leisure sector. We supply HR and employment vehicles to operators so are well used to the pitfalls and compliance issues associated with employing staff.

When you apply for Kickstart through LSS Group, we’ll be on hand every step of the way to make sure things go smoothly. We’ll help you tailor your role, and provide all the support you need to ensure your placements are compliant, with regular check ins, progress reports and resources.

We will provide ongoing training and support to both you and your new employee to ensure that the relationship reaches it maximum potential for both parties.


Getting Started

Roles & Placements

Apply Now

Once you have applied using the form below, we will call you to discuss your opportunities and give you full support through each step of the scheme.

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