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The last day for employers to apply is now 16th December 2021 at 23:59, with final start date for young people extended to 31st March 2022.

**Department for Work and Pensions criteria is that Sole Traders and Partnership Organisations should apply to the Kickstart Scheme through a Gateway Plus organisation. For more information on finding a Gateway Plus organisation, click here.**

What is the Kickstart Scheme?

The Department for Work and Pensions has launched the £2 billion Kickstart Scheme to help put young people at the heart of the economic recovery. The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create six month paid work placements for young people aged 16-24 years on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment.

Employers can apply for funding which covers:

Funding is available for businesses of all sizes and across all sectors, including the private, public and voluntary and community sectors.

The last day for employers to apply is now 17th December 2021, with final start date for young people extended to 31st March 2022.

For full details of the Kickstart Scheme please click here.


Support for your business to apply

To help Tees Valley SME’s access this support and create jobs, Tees Valley Combined Authority is acting as a Gateway for businesses who would like to offer less than 30 Job Placements.

On 1st February the criteria changed to allow businesses to apply directly to DWP regardless of the number of Job Placements on offer. Prior to 1st February all businesses that wished to offer 30 or less Job Placements through the scheme were required to do so via an approved Gateway organisation, for more information click here. Regardless of the change in criteria, Tees Valley Combined Authority is still acting as a Gateway for Tees Valley businesses should they wish to access the Kickstart Scheme through a Gateway organisation.

Tees Valley Combined Authority will also provide extended wrap around support for the young person to access support to ensure a positive progression once the Kickstart Job placement ends. The total for this will be £500 which will be deducted from the initial £1,500 for set-up and employability support costs provided by DWP. Businesses wishing to offer this support themselves should apply directly to DWP.

For further information, guidance and frequently asked questions, click here.

Watch to see how the Kickstart Scheme helped Yarm Studio focus on business recovery after a difficult year:


If you are an employer that wishes to engage with the Combined Authority to act as the Gateway, further information and how to apply can be found below.



    To apply for a Kickstart Job Placement please complete and submit the following:

    • This application form, including:
      • Basic information about your business and the placement,
      • The employer commitments
      • The Data Protection and Data Sharing section

    Please Note:

    The Kickstart Programme is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions and the conditions of the scheme can be changed by the Department without notice.

    Employer Details:




    Placement Details


    Employer’s Commitments - Declaration

    I am duly authorised by the above business to make the following declaration and I understand that if any part of this declaration is false, funding may be suspended or withdrawn. This could include seeking the recovery of any paid funding to the business under the programme.

    1. The Kickstart placement(s) listed in this application:
      1. are not included in any other arrangement or application for Kickstart funding;
      2. are located within Tees Valley.
      3. are new roles that will not displace existing employees or contractors.
      4. Are funded by the Kickstart Scheme grant and would not exist without this funding.
    2. The business will employ the named Kickstart participant(s) for not less than 25 hours per week for a 6-month duration which will be funded through the Kickstart Scheme Grant
    3. On behalf of the Business I COMMIT:
      1. to providing the number of Kickstart Placements Specified in this application.
      2. to supporting the Kickstart Participant(s) to develop their skills and experience as outlined in the initial application.
      3. to provide TVCA with a copy of the job description for the Job Placement(s) when requested.
    4. I will inform Tees Valley Combined Authority:
      1. When I have offered an individual a Kickstart placement.
      2. if that individual leaves or is dismissed or fails to attend the appropriate learning;
    5. I will ensure all required information is supplied to Tees Valley Combined Authority, including timesheets and details of Job Placement(s), as and when required.


    The Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA, we or us) takes data protection very seriously and it is import that you understand how the information we collect will be used and stored. Further information can be found in our Privacy Notice (

    This Programme is funded by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). We are required to share information about your participation in the programme with DWP. We will use the information provided in this form or given to us while you are funded by this programme for the purposes of managing and monitoring the programme and providing reports to our decision-making bodies and DWP. The information will be retained and disposed of in accordance with our Retention Policy.

    By clicking below you are confirming:

    1. That you acknowledge and agree to the use of the personal data in this form being used and shared as set out in the Data Protection section above;
    2. That all of the details completed in this application are accurate and correct to the best of your knowledge;
    3. that you agree to TVCA submitting the relevant details as part of an application to DWP for Kickstart Scheme Funding;
    4. The business will comply with the employer commitments; and
    5. that you are an authorised signatory within the business with full power and authority make this application and confirm the matters above.

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