Kickstart Community Forum

Part of ERSA's Youth Employment Forum. This community forum brings together employers, gateways, change makers, commissioners and others interested in getting Kickstart right for young people. If you would like to contribute to the community, register for the next event, or email the team at [email protected]

See also the Youth Employment Forum


After Kickstart: the employer’s role in supporting people into work by Centre for Decent Work and Productivity, Manchester Metropolitan University
A free discussion and networking event for Greater Manchester employers. A chance to share experiences and hear about new research


ERSA Kickstart Report: Extend, Expand and Empower!

On Wednesday 1 December at 10am, the ERSA Kickstart Community Forum will be joined by Joshua Reddaway from the National Audit Office to discuss their own report findings. Register for a teams joining link here.


DWP Update: 5 tips to fill your Kickstart vacancy swiftly and successfully

The sector speaks: Kickstart is working and should be extended

Important updates about Kickstart Scheme

Applications to the Kickstart Scheme are closing soon.

After 17 December 2021 you will not be able to:

  • apply for a new Kickstart Scheme grant
  • add more jobs to an existing grant agreement

DWP will process applications submitted before this time or that are already in progress.

Learn more about the Kickstart Scheme closure.

Getting young people into the Kickstart Scheme jobs
Page summary: Changes to your existing Kickstart Scheme jobs that you need to tell DWP about and how to create more Kickstart Scheme jobs before 17 December 2021.

Apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant through a Kickstart gateway

Page summary: If you’re an employer looking to create jobs for young people, you can apply for funding until 17 December 2021 through a Kickstart gateway.


Find past Kickstart events and updates on ERSA's YouTube Channel here.

The next meeting is on 3 November at 10am 

Ways to join meetings

  • If you have access to the Kickstart Community Teams Chat, you can join directly there at the time of the meeting. 
  • Register via Eventbrite for the joining link and reminders HERE

Next forum dates
3 November, 1 December 2021, 12 January , 9 February, 9 March 2022 all at 10am - 12pm. 

See also, the Youth Employment Forum page.

Shared resources and information

Thank you to Citizens Advice Greater Manchester for sharing some great examples of flyers for advertising Kickstart roles. These have been created using Canva, a free marketing tool ( Download this and other example flyers for inspiration here.



Regional platforms for advertising Kickstart roles!

Kickstart roles in West Midlands

Kickstart roles in Liverpool City Region

Send your vacancies to ERSA for inclusion on the ASK SETH directory for jobseekers and learners and ERSA members can also advertise 'Employability Jobs' free of charge here.

Kickstart Vacancy Data
Watch a short video from Jacob Hill, Managing Director, Offploy CIC. Offploy is an approved Gateway with almost 500 placements reviews the data of 10 gateways on their custom-built Kickstart Admin Platform to identify trends and make suggestions to fill / gain new placements on the programme.

Watch here

To compare your gateway performance with our group's average or to have a look around the system, please book a demo here

What is the Kickstart Scheme?

New instructions for gateway organisations

FAQs for the Kickstart Scheme
Together the community has come together, supporting one another by sharing good practice, resources, answering questions and problem solving. If you have a question about Kickstart, you may find it here via the Frequently asked questions. If you do not find an answer to your question please raise it with the team at [email protected].  

Most commonly asked questions

Does the grant payment include VAT?

Payment queries clarification

What happens if the placement doesn't work out for either the young person or the employer?

Who do I get in touch with if I have a query about an existing application or grant?

Can ESF participants be referred to the Kickstart Scheme?

You can also view and share the FAQs page directly using the following link

Join the conversation

The Kickstart Community Forum is open to all organisations interested in making the scheme work. If you would like to contribute to the community page by sharing resources like templates, links to services or solutions, have an idea for a blog or future agenda item that would be of interest please get in touch with the ERSA Team via [email protected].

Register for the next meeting - If you have attended a previous forum meeting, and have access to the teams chat, you can join directly there, saving the date to your calendar. If you have not attended before, please register via the ERSA eventbrite page

Contribute to a future agenda, or tell us who you want to hear from by emailing the ERSA Team via [email protected]

Next forum dates are 6 October, 3 November and 1 December 2021 all at 10am - 12pm. 

Full details, latest updates can be found at

Find past Kickstart events and updates on ERSA's YouTube Channel here

ERSA writes open letter to the chancellor calling for extension to Kickstart
The Kickstart scheme should be extended beyond December 2021, ideally to the end of 2022, and the scheme’s eligibility requirements widened to help support more young people. see ERSA's open letter on behalf of the Kickstart Community Forum to the chancellor supporting this in FE News here

More support for an extension to the Scheme

Five reasons to extend Kickstart from the Youth Employment Group

Extend Kickstart scheme deadline by six months - CBI President

What good looks like for Young People 

Shared resources 

Please note, resources shared here, particularly DWP templates may not be the most up to date are intended to act as a guide to aid applications and further support for employers and gateways. Do check latest versions, through official sources like, your DWP Kickstart District Account Manager, or your gateway organisation. Please help the ERSA Team by informing us if something is out of date or missing and we will endeavour to correct.

Note: the following documents have been provided by our Kickstart community, not officially through DWP 

Gateway remittance advice example

Vacancy template (word document)

Kickstart Scheme – Grant Offer Letter for Gateways

Variation Template - Grant Agreement Addition Gateway (word document)

The Kickstart Vacancy Template – A completion guide

Kickstart District Account Managers - not currently available as a full list

Mencap presentation – making Kickstart inclusive

Mencap – application process

Mencap – Kickstart scheme outline

Mencap is a learning disability charity and Kickstart gateway organisation

Arriva - Example of travel voucher schemes

Arriva - Presentation slides
Mike Kent, Arriva (8 April)

Introducing the Essential Skills Academy for Young People 
Presentation slides
Rosa Morgan-Baker, Director of Development, Skills Academy (8 April)

Related content and announcements

World Youth Skills Day (15 July 2021)!

CALL FOR ACTION: The sector speaks: Kickstart is working and should be extended

FE News: 

HR Magazine:

European Social Fund Managing Authority – confirmation of the position regarding ESF eligibility for people employed in Kickstart funded vacancies

ERSA responds to 25 January Kickstart announcement

Kickstart moves up a gear with over 120,000 jobs created so far and government making it even simpler for employers to join

Kickstart Scheme opens for employer applications on 2 September

£2bn package announced on 8 July as part of the governments ‘Plan for Jobs’

Please use the Frequently asked questions log to search for previously answered questions. 

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