The schemes

There are a number of skills and employment schemes that you can choose from:

We can help you find a great candidate.


£3,000 will be paid to an employer who takes on a new apprentice. You must be working with an approved training provider and offering a good quality opportunity.

Apprentices are aged 16 or over and combine working with studying to gain skills and knowledge in a specific job.  Apprentices can usually be new or current employees. But for this grant you must employ a new employee.

The apprentice will have a normal contract of employment and will be treated as you would any member of staff.  There are requirements for the apprentice to do off-the-job training. They must be paid the relevant national minimum wage as laid out below.

National Minimum Wage 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022, for those of at least school leaving age:


23 and over

21 to 22

18 to 20

Under 18


April 2021






The rates change on 1 April every year.

If you would like more in-depth support, contact the Medway Apprenticeship Advice Service.

Supported internships

£2,000 will be paid to an employer who provides a supported internship opportunity.

Supported internships support young adults, aged 18 to 25 with learning difficulties or autism, in a mutually beneficial relationship with employers.

A free job-matching service helps employers recruit and retain people with learning difficulties or autism.

They are designed to help employers to access a largely untapped local workforce.

Interns want an opportunity to prove their value to you as loyal, dedicated and reliable employees.

There are several local providers who will work with you to create the ideal environment for a supported internship.

Supported employment

£3,000 will be paid to an employer who provides a supported employment opportunity.

Kent Supported Employment (KSE) offers a bespoke specialist supported employment service for people with disabilities or disadvantages. This service supports them into the world of work, to:

  • promote awareness to employers in creating a more diverse workforce
  • empower businesses to recruit a person with a disability.

Find out more about Kent Supported Employment.

Kickstart retention

You can receive an additional £1,000 if you decide to employ a Kickstart candidate after their initial 6 months of work for you. This must be confirmed by Job Centre Plus.

About the Kickstart scheme

The Kickstart scheme provides funding to create new 6-month jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment. Thousands of employers like you, across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, have already applied for funding.

The funding covers:

Find a great candidate

Our Leaving Care Service work with some wonderful young people (aged 16 to 25) who will be looking for the opportunities you can provide. Talk to us to discuss how this might benefit your business.