We are Proud to announce that we have been approved by the DWP to work as a Kickstart Gateway meaning you can now take full advantage of the scheme with our full support.

Bluebaring Recruitment are your Kickstart Gateway provider
We act as a gateway and can support you through the whole process of taking on kick-starters , from on boarding and career days to training and a variety of other added benefits.

What is the Kickstart Scheme?

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:

100% of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months

Associated employer National Insurance contributions

Employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

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

A Kickstart Scheme application must be for a minimum of 30 job placements. Kickstart gateways can help employers with 29 or less job placements by applying for funding on their behalf.

What We Do

£1,500 support grant per job placement

Every job placement created gets £1,500 funding. 

We will put each candidate through a Fingerprint D&A test, Mental Health Awareness, Covid-19 & Social Distancing Awareness and Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Awareness, each candidate will then undertake the entry level tickets for the sector they will be working in, this will take 50 hours over a two week period, candidates will go on site in week 3 of Kickstart.

This funding is for setup costs and to support the young person to develop their employability skills. We assist by putting an industry approved training schedule in place for each candidate.

Employers can choose to get someone else to do this for them, such as a Kickstart Gateway or a service provider. If they choose to do this they will have to agree how to share the £1,500.

This funding cannot be used to purchase company assets, such as IT equipment but can be used for software licences, if required.


CVs writing service

Cards and certs

Online mentoring

Online job support

Online Fitness course from former Royal Marines Commando and founder of Knives Down Gloves Up

Career planning

Company marketing and exposure for the scheme

Arranging recruitment days

Finding candidates

Putting forward bids

Future employment for staff

Future apprenticeships

Online seminars


Plus more

Kickstart Gateways

A Kickstart Gateway is an organisation that has shown interest in representing employers who want to apply for 29 or less job placements. Kickstart Gateways can be any type of organisation. DWP performs due diligence checks on these organisations.

Bluebaring can assist you with all levels, whether it’s 1 or 1000 hires, we will take care of the whole process for you and put your bid in. 

We will receive a grant of £1500 which we will invest in the training of the Kickstart employee. As we are partnered with one of the UK leading training provider for the Civil Engineering & Infrastructure sectors, you can rest assured, confident in knowing your new employee will be at the required standard.

You can relax and let us take care of the full process, from the initial application to submitting the bid on your behalf. We will then help to source your ideal candidate, working alongside the DWP to ensure all candidates are fully trained.

This means you don’t have to worry about the administration process… Bluebaring will take care of that for you! 

The placement lasts for 6 months and after that period we can move them on to apprentices or can potentially get them to work with your organisation or another. With Brexit coming it is no better time to start investing in home grown workers, creating jobs for British people. 

We will work as a Gateway for all sectors and can offer the service on a nationwide basis. 

Our main focus area to begin with will be Construction, Engineering, Manufacturing, Industrial, Rail to name a few but we are not limited to any sector. 

For anyone that works with us on the scheme we will build a case study for you and it will be marketed on our social media channels along with that of our partners.

This will showcase what you are doing and demonstrate your commitment to helping the next generation . 

Employers can look up details of Kickstart Gateways who have told us they are interested in helping.

This is our registration https://secure.dwp.gov.uk/find-a-kickstart-gateway/filter-by-country AJ

Kickstart Scheme wages and related costs for employers

Kickstart Scheme wages and costs are paid to you, but you will pass this on to the employer.

This funding covers:

  • 100% of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months
  • Associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • Employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions
  • Employers can pay a higher wage and for more hours but the funding will not cover this.

Job placement criteria

The job placements created with Kickstart Scheme funding must be new jobs. You need to check all of this with the employers you represent.

The job placements must not:

  • replace existing or planned vacancies
  • cause existing employees, apprentices or contractors to lose work or reduce their working hours

The job placements must:


  • be a minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months
  • pay at least the National Minimum Wage or the National Living Wage for the employee’s age group
  • only require basic training
  • Each job placement needs to help the young person become more employable. The Kickstart gateway needs to agree with the employer how this is done.

This employability support could include:

  • Looking for long-term work, including career advice and setting goals
  • Support with CV and interview preparations
  • Developing their skills in the workplace
  • If you or the employer is not eligible for Kickstart Scheme funding, find out about other employment schemes.

The young person may be able to move to another employment scheme when they’ve finished their 6-month Kickstart Scheme job placement.


What the employer needs to give you for the application

They’ll need to give you:

  • Their Companies House reference number, Charity Commission number or Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator number, if they have one
  • Their organisation’s address and contact details
  • Details of the job placements and their location
  • Ask them how their job placements are new and created just for the scheme

The job placements must not:

  • Replace existing or planned vacancies
  • Cause existing employees, apprentices or contractors to lose work or reduce their working hours

The employer needs to tell you:

  • How many employees they have?
  • About changes to their workforce in the last 6 months and why (for example redundancies and changes to hours worked by existing staff)
  • The number of people affected by changes to their workforce in the last 6 months
  • About the kinds of roles, functions, and average salary of those who were made redundant or who had their hours reduced in the last 6 months
  • If they would be able to create these job placements without Kickstart Scheme funding and what funding source, they would use
  • What recruitment they have completed, started, or paused in the last 6 months, including how similar these vacancies are or were to the roles they are creating for the Kickstart Scheme
  • If the job placements will be like existing or planned roles or the roles previously done by those made redundant or with fewer working hours, why they are using Kickstart Scheme funding to create similar roles
  • If they have engaged with any relevant trade unions and any advice the unions have given
  • How they will support young people to become more employable

They should also tell you:

  • What support will be offered (for example helping young people with writing their CV and preparing for an interview) 
  • When they will provide this support (for example halfway through their job placement or towards the end)
  • How many hours it will take?
  • Who will provide the support (for example they may already have a pre-existing relationship with training providers or ask you to help with this)?
  • How they will monitor this support
  • How the young person can provide feedback during their job placement and afterwards, and how this will be acted on

We provide funding per job placement for setup costs and support. If employers get someone else to do some of this, such as a Kickstart gateway, they will have to agree how to share this money.

What we do timeline 

  • Training 
  • CVs writing service
  • Cards and certs 
  • Online mentoring 
  • Online job support 
  • Online Fitness course with a former Royal Marines Commando and founder of Knives Down Gloves Up
  • Career planning 
  • Company marketing and exposure for the scheme 
  • Arranging recruitment days
  • Finding candidates 
  • Putting forward bids 
  • Future employment for staff 
  • Future apprenticeships 
  • Online seminars 
  • CSR 
  • Plus more 

For more information please get in touch today