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Kickstart Scheme

Last revised: 23rd September 2022

The Kickstart Scheme has now closed for all new applicants and for any young person who has not yet started their role (i.e. they did not start their role before 31st March 2022).

Those who made successful applications and have completed the required steps may continue to receive funding for six months since the start date of the young person in their role, providing they have told the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) that the young person has started their job, which needs to be done by 30 November 2022.


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

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.

Funding received through the Kickstart Scheme can cover the costs of 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.