The Kickstart Scheme is a Government scheme being introduced in Great Britain. The NPA is working with Reed, the recruitment company, who are also a gateway organisation for Kickstart.

To take part in the Kickstart scheme, apply by completing the Reed enquiry form. Ensure you secure a place(s) that have been approved for community pharmacy by the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) for the NPA and Reed.

To read an update on this scheme dated 2 July and to see future application deadline dates, click here.

Information on the scheme and how a placement can benefit your pharmacy can be accessed by clicking on the boxes below.

Kickstart programme

Find out the benefits of applying for a placement, the next steps and the differences between this and the pharmacy retail apprenticeship.

Apply for this scheme

To complete the enquiry form you will need your Companies House number. Applying does not guarantee you will receive a placement, nor does it commit you to following through with a placement, if it is not suitable for your pharmacy.

Success stories

Kickstarters are making an impact in community pharmacies - read the positive feedback from them and their employers here.

Webinar - A guide to the Kickstart Scheme

If you were unable to attend our webinar on 8th April, you can you view it here. It will help you to understand the journey to recruiting a Kickstarter and how to get the most out of the scheme

Kickstart FAQs

If you have questions regarding the scheme, please refer to our FAQs via this link.

Benefits to you and your Kickstarter

Read all the benefits available from our fully tailored package to support you every step of the way.

Employer hiring process guide

Refer to our guide to help you at every stage of your Kickstarter's placement.

Interview Guidance

The NPA and Reed offer interview advice and guidance to help you select the right Kickstarter for your pharmacy.

Kickstart Poster

Struggling to get your Kickstart vacancies filled? Let the kickstarters know there are vacancies in your pharmacy by putting up this poster