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 

You need to be ready to apply for work. Read our advice on how to write a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and how to write a cover letter.

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:

  • computing
  • technology and digital
  • administration
  • healthcare
  • 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 talk to staff at the Youth Employment Hub about Kickstart

You can also view the latest opportunities on the Find A Job website.

More information

You can find out more about the Kickstart scheme on the Job Help website, or you can contact one of our DWP coaches