Renfrewshire Council

Kickstart in Renfrewshire

Register your interest in providing a Kickstart job placement in Renfrewshire: Online survey

Kickstart job placement scheme for 16 to 24 year olds

Kickstart is the UK Government scheme providing funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for 16 to 24-year-olds who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

Funding covers:

  • 100 per cent of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
  • The associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • Employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

There is also additional funding to support the young person to develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the placement.

In Renfrewshire

Kickstart is in Renfrewshire through a partnership between our employability experts Invest in Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce and Engage Renfrewshire. Pooling our experience, we have been bidding for placements on behalf of Renfrewshire businesses and charities and are also helping with skills and training support throughout the six-month placement.

Thanks to the fantastic support from our business community and charity sector, we've secured hundreds of Kickstart placements - including more than 100 with us at the Council. There's still time to register your interest in providing a placement.

Rules of the roles

Roles should be a minimum of 25 hours a week for six months and pay at least the National Minimum Wage for the person's age group.

The roles shouldn't require people to undertake extensive training before they begin and they must be new jobs, not replacing an existing job or planned vacancy or cause an existing employee or contractor to lose or reduce their employment.

I want my business to provide a placement

If you are a local business or charity able to offer one or more job placements then please complete our Kickstart in Renfrewshire survey and we will be in touch to discuss the details.

If you are looking to offer 30 placements or more, you can apply directly to the UK Government.

I just want business support 

Full details of support for local businesses is detailed on our Covid-19 business support web pages.

I'd like to work a Kickstart job placement

If you live in Renfrewshire, are aged 16-24 and receive Universal Credit you may be eligible for a Kickstart job placement.

Visit our Young People's Guarantee website which has more details about the placements and you can also see the different placements on our jobs portal.

I'm older than 24, what support is available for me?

Contact the Council's Invest in Renfrewshire team for tailored support in getting a job and preparing for work by calling 0300 300 1180 or email