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Kickstart Scheme

FSB is a national gateway for the UK Government's Kickstart scheme and we're encouraging small businesses to get involved and help support young people with job placements in England, Scotland and Wales.


We're teaming up with Adecco Working Ventures to become an official intermediary for the Government’s £2bn Kickstart Scheme which will play a key role in rebuilding the UK's economy and supporting young people into sustainable employment.

What is the Kickstart Scheme and am I eligible?

The Kickstart Scheme was announced in July as part of the Chancellor’s Plan for Jobs. The scheme aims to create thousands of high-quality six-month work placements for young people aged 16 to 24 who are claiming Universal Credit and are at risk of long term unemployment.

Under the scheme, the Government will cover 100 per cent of employment costs for 25 hours a week. This includes the employee's salary at the appropriate minimum wage for their age, as well as National Insurance and pension contributions.

We are partnering with Adecco Working Ventures to allow small businesses to pool their vacancies allowing them to access the scheme no matter how many opportunities they can offer rather than the 30 needed to apply for the scheme directly.

Through the partnership, Adecco Working Ventures will provide you with the benefit of one of their Kickstart Placement Managers, who have decades of experience at getting young people into work. As well as this personal support, you will also have continuous access to an online portal of resources. For employers, Adecco Working Ventures handle employee wages, recruitment and interview support and complete the administrative requirements of the scheme on your behalf, making the process simple. For all the young people on placements, Adecco Working ventures will ensure quality of support throughout the process and advise on those valuable next steps of re-entering paid, full time employment. Adecco Working Ventures use the £1500 government grant which goes alongside each work placement under the scheme goes to provide this comprehensive wrap-around support.

Who are Adecco Working Ventures?

Founded in 1996, the Adecco Group is the second largest human-services firm in the world, providing employment for 700,000 people per day to over 100,000 businesses across the globe.

Corndel is the fastest-growing provider of work-related training through their network of Change Coaches across the UK.

Adecco Working Ventures is a joint venture between the Adecco Group and Corndel with the aim to tackle the unemployment crisis sparked by COVID-19 and help over 100,000

How do I apply?

Applying is simple and you'll have full support through each stage of the process. You don't have to be an FSB member to apply for the scheme, simply fill in your details using the form below. Once you have applied, the next step is a call from Adecco Working Ventures to identify your specific situation and needs, so if you have any questions, just ask us then. Scroll through the images below to find out what happens at each stage.


Applying is quick and easy.

Simply complete the form below to register your interest, how many placements you would like to offer and your contact details.


Adecco Working Ventures will support you to write a job description and create an advert. They will liaise on your behalf with the Department of Work and Pensions by working with Job Centre Plus to find the right people for your role.


You’ll receive as much or as little support with shortlisting and interviewing as you need as well as guidance through the process from start to finish if you need it.


Once you have chosen your candidate Adecco Working Ventures will handle all aspects of the on boarding and administration involved in employing someone, including HR and payroll at no cost to you.

All you’ll need to do is provide the work day to day.


Adecco will support the young person through their own dedicated Kickstart Manager from the first day of the placement right up until the last day.

They'll be on hand to resolve any issues you may face during the placement and answer any questions you may have.


At the end of the placement you'll have support to take on your young person as a permanent member of staff or support to find another young person to on-board if needed.


Apply now

You can apply for the scheme by submitting your details via the form below. A member of the Adecco Working Ventures team will be in touch to discuss your opportunities. If you'd like to talk through your options or need support in completing the form, help is available from our Customer Services team. You can reach us on 0808 20 20 888 from 8am – 6pm (UK time), Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays.

All data handled by FSB will be subject to our privacy policy.

The details you provide will be forwarded to Adecco Working Ventures for the purposes of processing your application. Please view their privacy policy here


Find out more

Watch an overview of the scheme 


Download the Employer Guide 


Resources from FSB

Virtual Business Support - The Government Kickstart Programme
Article Mon, 19 October 2020

Virtual Business Support - The Government Kickstart Programme

Find out what the Kickstart Scheme is and how it can help your business

Kickstart, trainees and apprentices – shaping your business for the future
Article Mon, 19 October 2020

Kickstart, trainees and apprentices – shaping your business for the future

Watch our on-demand webinar for businesses based in England looking to hire young people

6 benefits of an apprenticeship for a small business
Article Wed, 12 August 2020

6 benefits of an apprenticeship for a small business

Taking on new talent can give your business a boost. Learn more about the benefits of apprenticeships and the value of developing new skills.


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