Kickstart Scheme with Create Jobs

Kickstart is the government’s £2 billion fund to create high quality 6-month work placements aimed at those aged 16-24 who are on Universal Credit.

As one of London's leading employability programmes and a certified Kickstart gateway, we're working with employers from across the creative, cultural and digital industries who are interested in taking part in the scheme. Together we're forming a partnership of organisations dedicated to the future of London's workforce, committed to fair pay and inclusive working cultures.

In May 2021 we welcomed our first Kickstart cohort of 26 young creatives into 6-month roles paid at London Living Wage or above.

Employer partners include; Create Arts, Denier Studio, JustSo, Migration Museum, Nula Carbon, Artillery CIC, Siobhan Davies Dance, Sound Connections, Social Spider CIC, HudsonBec Group, It’s Nice That, Creative Lives in Progress, Anyways, Wieden + Kennedy, YOUTH CLUB, Becave, A New Direction, Animade, Magnum Photos, Activate The City!, Nicholas Daley and White Weft.

We are now opening applications for new employer partners to join us for phase 2 of the programme, which will see placements start in November 2021 and run until April 2022.

Find more information about the scheme, our work and what we set out to achieve below. If you'd like to take part and join the collective of organisations, you'll need to complete an application form by either the 18th or 21st June 2021.

Create Jobs is a leading employability programme offering training and roles that build young people’s skills, mindsets and connections in the creative, cultural and tech sectors. Over the last three years, we have trained over 500 young Londoners, supporting 80% to progress into employment.

We have innovated a cohort-based approach – this means working with groups of employers at one time to recruit and train young people collaboratively. Successful schemes include the Olympic Park’s Shared Training and Employment Programme (STEP) now in its fourth year creating over 50 placements, and the Heritage Lottery Fund’s New Museum School programme with Culture& that created 34 paid traineeships over a two-year period.

Through Kickstart we will similarly build a partnership of organisations working together to support the next generation of talent.

About Kickstart

The Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high-quality 6-month work placements for young people aged 16-24 who are ready for an opportunity and will be supported by their Jobcentre Plus work coach to enrol in the scheme.

Funding is available for jobs and will cover the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

As advocates for London Living Wage we require that all partners working with us commit to providing top-ups to ensure young people are paid at a fair rate.


If your organisation would like to express interest in joining a Create Jobs Kickstart bid, please complete and submit an application form by either the 18th or 21st June. From here, we will shortlist the organisations which will form our Kickstart collaboration, and submit to DWP on a rolling basis.

  • 14 or 21 June 2021: Deadline to apply
  • 14 July 2021: Estimated outcome from DWP due diligence checks and deadline to supply your finalised Job Description.
  • 16 August 2021: Recruitment goes live on DWP website
  • 27 September 2021: Applications received, shortlisting and interviews commence
  • 1 November 2021: Placements and induction workshops begin

Our consortium plan would involve Create Jobs (A New Direction) providing outreach, recruitment, consultation, support & training for employers.

Plus, we deliver employability workshops, a wellbeing programme, careers coaching, check-ins, an online community of creatives, training resources, progression support and more for employees. Each employer will receive wage subsidies between £3.5K and £6.2K depending on age of employee, and a set-up fee of £500 to cover any equipment costs, with the remainder admin and training allocation supporting Create Jobs delivery.

See Kickstart Partner Pack for further information

Partner Application Form

We're asking organisations interested in working with us on the Kickstart Scheme to fill out an application form which gives us a bit more information about you. There are questions around equality and inclusion and fair pay which are integral to how we operate as an organisation. Whilst we seek these values in our partners, we recognise that organisations implement them differently. As such, all we ask is for you to show your commitment and any supporting policies which speak to your work to support diversity and paying the London Living Wage.

Partner Application Form

Any questions regarding the Kickstarter Scheme, please contacts

More information is available on the Gov Kickstart site, here.

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Who can apply?

Young people aged 16-24 years old, who are claiming Universal Credit.

When will the next roles be live?

We will be recruiting for our next Kickstart roles in July and August this year.

Attend an Information and Application Support Session

A chance to meet the organisations involved, what they do, more about the roles and ask any questions before you decide to apply. More details of these will be released in July.

What is Universal Credit?

You can apply for Universal Credit if you are on a low income or unemployed.

You will usually only be able to claim Universal Credit if you are aged 18 or over, but some people aged 16 or 17 can get it, depending on their circumstances.

And you usually won’t be able to claim Universal Credit if you’re in full-time education or training, but people with certain circumstances can still apply.

Read the detailed guidance on eligibility and Universal Credit and students to find out more.

You can use a benefits calculator to help you understand what benefits you could get. You will be asked to enter information about your circumstances, and it will tell you which benefits you might be able to apply for. One of those might be Universal Credit.

If you want to go straight to making a claim for Universal Credit visit

More info

Find out more about the Kickstart Scheme here:

In the meantime if you would like to talk to one of the Create Jobs team, please contact us at

Learn more about the creatives who are currently working as part of the Create Jobs x Kickstart scheme

Meet the cohort


Kickstart Partner Information Event

Find out more about the Create Jobs X Kickstart programme and how we can support you as a gateway organisation. Get advice on your application and ask us any burning questions. For employers interested in applying to the Kickstart scheme with Create Jobs in phase 2 (placements starting in November 2021), deadline 21st June 2021.

Register now: 1-1:45pm Wed 16 June