Changes to the Kickstart Scheme

On Monday 25th January, the Government announced changes to the Kickstart scheme which mean that we are no longer able to proceed as a Gateway.

Every Gateway on the national list that was still collecting the 30 minimum placements, so obviously up against the difficulty of commitments during an uncertain lockdown, has now been debarred from proceeding. This is highly disappointing for us after all the hard work that we have put into this.

From 3rd February 2021, employers can apply directly to the Kickstart scheme for any number of job placements. The threshold of 30 job placements has been removed.

The Box Moor Trust and the Hemel Hempstead Business Ambassadors remain committed to supporting youth employment in Dacorum. If you do still want to move forward and employ someone through the scheme, we are happy to answer your questions and offer support.

We will continue to review our approach as more information is released. We had been working on a training program designed to help young people taking part in the scheme to become more employable. We are still considering if this is possible. 

For further information on how to apply to take part in the Kickstart scheme please visit