The Kickstart Scheme is an initiative to help young people find employment during the pandemic. It will create thousands of new jobs.
About the Kickstart Scheme
Kickstarts are 6 month paid placements, they are usually a minimum of 25 hours per week with employers in a range of different sectors. The aim of the scheme is to build up skills and experience, giving your career a kickstart.
These roles are designed to give you the tools you will need to move in to full time work. Employers are expected to give additional support, like training, help writing your CV or practicing interview skills.
Who can apply for Kickstart
To be eligible for Kickstart, you must be:
- 16 to 24 years old
- claiming Universal Credit
- unemployed with no earnings
If you need support you can get help from your work coach at the Job Centre, or a member of staff at the Youth Employment Hub.
Types of placements
The sectors placement are available in include:
- technology and digital
- construction and trades
- creative and media
The roles vary from entry level positions that do not need experience, to jobs that require specialist skills or qualifications.
Search and apply for vacancies
If you have a work coach, talk to them about the Kickstart scheme and the opportunities available.
If you don’t have a work coach you can use your online journal to let your Case Manager know you are interested.
You can also view the latest opportunities on the Find A Job website.