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Your Gateway to Kickstart

A full service solution to provide SME's access to Kickstart

Your Gateway to Kickstart

Efficient, hassle-free recruitment to help you get the right Kickstart employee

What is the Kickstart Scheme?

The disruption caused by the COVID Pandemic has had a negative impact on many businesses and individuals. The Government’s Kickstart scheme aims to stimulate economic recovery by supporting businesses to provide 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

You get:

  • A young person, aged 18-24 and currently claiming Universal Credit, for 6 months, 25 hours per week
  • All salary/wages (at relevant minimum wage) and National Insurance and minimum enrolment (pension) contributions paid by the government in monthly payments
  • Subject to application, up to £1500 per placement setup/progression costs – but how to spend that and what conditions? See below

You give:

  • A genuinely new placement with a contract of employment– one that does not replace an employee furlough or create a redundancy
  • A clear contribution – not just a generalised statement to helping the young person progress to permanent employment – with your company or elsewhere. We can help you to formulate your statements
  • A fully compliant application, confirming the above conditions, describing the role, your company and how you will help the individual to progress

As a Gateway provider, we can help you with defining and compiling all the relevant information for successful application to the Kickstart scheme. Companies applying to the scheme no longer need to offer a minimum of 30 vacancies making it easier for SME’s to fulfil the vital role they play in economic recovery. Companies can now apply for the scheme by: 

  • applying online yourself
  • getting help from a Kickstart gateway who is already working with the Kickstart Scheme

Choosing the right Gateway Provider

Full-service Support

For more than 25 years, we have been working with the Government to provide products and services helping job seekers and employers with employment and training. Twin has a proven track record of company networking and placement solutions for employers and young people to create the perfect partnership and an effective employment solution making us the ideal Gateway provider for the Kickstart scheme.

What we provide

Small employers may find it difficult to navigate all the criteria of government schemes. We provide small businesses with support to access the Kickstart scheme – helping businesses, the economy and the workforce grow.

We not only help with the paperwork but can help you with recruitment and interview support, saving you time, while making the process simple. With the havoc caused by this pandemic – everyone needs a helping hand.

Finding you the right candidate

As an SME ourselves, we understand how important it is to find the right candidate to support your business.

Under the terms of the scheme, all candidates will be provided through JCPs and we offer a full job brokerage service: 

  • We work with you to identify your specific situation and needs through an online interview and help construct your roles.  
  • We will help you define roles and assist in writing a job description.
  • We work with JobCentre Plus to find the right candidates for your new job vacancy.
  • We screen and prepare candidates for work, providing you with an overall higher quality recruitment standard, ensuring good CVs and people ready for the interview to save you time.

Many Chambers of Commerce will offer to be a Gateway provider to bring together 30 compliant applications but are unlikely to offer this service, so you would need to work with the JCP yourself.

Preparing a young person for future permanent Employment

We will work with you to do this in the way that’s best for your organisation – you may hope for them to be prepared to be a great future contributor to your business or just see it as a 6-month placement.  Either way, Twin can arrange and deliver initial training, to meet the needs of your organisation and placement and satisfy the DWP requirements. 

Some Gateway providers will not offer this additional support, but the reason we can is that we’ve been doing this kind of thing for 25 years.

How do you get paid by DWP for the placement?

Under the condition of the scheme, for those taking on less than 30 people, that is a job for the Gateway provider to administer via the DWP.  Payments for both the £1500 placement support payment and Salary, National Insurance and Basic (pension) enrolment) flow in the form of a grant through the Gateway to the employer – the Gateway is allowed up to 5 working days to forward payment.  The £1500 payment is made to the Gateway by DWP 10-12 days after the placement commences The first salary payment is made by DWP 6 weeks following the start of the placement. Our relationship with DWP has developed over many years and Twin is already awarded prime contractor status to DWP for the next 5 years.

Application process

The Government will assess all Kickstart funding applications for approval, with our extensive experience in this application process, we work with you to make sure the kickstart will meet your needs and satisfy DWP requirements, meets JCP needs, and generates candidates for you to consider

  • We work with other companies to find a group of 30 roles, so you don’t have to. 
  • We provide the correct administration of payment applications. 


There would be no cash outlay from your business – we would include these services as part of the claim for £1500 setup costs for the placement.  Our charge would be £495 – we could advise you on options for spending the remainder, including extra training.


How to apply

Applying is as easy as completing the contact form to register your interest. A member of our team will be in touch to discuss your opportunities.