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Kickstart Scheme

Last revised: 5th February 2021

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment.

Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers:

Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021.

Further funding is available for training and support so that young people on the scheme can get a job in the future. So far more than 120,000 jobs for 16 to 24 year olds have now been created through the Kickstart Scheme, as ministers have urged more employers to get involved.


Now even simpler for employers to join

The Department for Work and Pensions has now amended its Kickstart Scheme to allow retailers to apply directly from 3rd February, regardless of the number of jobs to be funded. Previously retailers applying for funding for 29 or fewer placements had to partner with an external ‘Kickstart Gateway' for quality checks.

Placements must start by the end of December 2021 and must be new jobs - they cannot reduce working hours for other colleagues. To ensure all job placements continue to be of a high quality, the government will continue to apply rigorous checks on training support and finances.

Further guidance about the Kickstart Scheme is available here. Please also contact the ACT directly if you would like any further information about the ACT, Cytech or the Kickstart Scheme.


Train new employees to the international industry standard through Cytech

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Cytech is the internationally recognised training and accreditation scheme for bicycle mechanics, managed and provided on behalf of the industry by the Association of Cycle Traders (ACT).

Cytech courses encompass the basics of cycle mechanics right through to dealing with the most advanced and high-tech components and parts, demonstrating competency and commitment to continued development and improvement. Course demand continues to be incredibly high with courses booked months in advance.

The £1,500 payment made to those taking on new employees enables you to invest in their training from Theory one through to Cytech technical two, widely regarded as the international industry standard for professional cycle mechanics. The courses, comprised of online distance learning followed by 10 days in total of intensive training and assessment, deliver the skills and knowledge required to work competently, efficiently and professionally within a commercial bicyle workshop.

ACT members can also benefit from 10% discount on Cytech technical training.

Visit the Cytech website to find out more about available courses.


Alternative funding routes: Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of both employers and apprentices and lead to nationally recognised qualifications benefiting all involved, particularly in challenging economic times. People who want to learn a new trade get valuable on-the-job training and employers get engaged, loyal employees.

Training costs are heavily subsidised by the Government (if you don't pay into the apprenticeship levy) and you may also be entitled to a variety of further incentive payments.

For further information about apprenticeships and the benefits they could bring to your business visit the Apprenticeships page.