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What is the Kickstart Scheme?

The Kickstart Scheme was launched by the UK government to create a number of new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. The job placements are aimed at supporting the participants to develop the skills and experience they need to find permanent work after completing the scheme.

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Candidate Eligibility

Please be aware that if you’re a young person aged 16-24 and you’re interested in applying for a Kickstart Scheme vacancy, in order to be eligible, you’ll need to be claiming Universal Credit and you will need a Kickstart referral from your Job Centre work coach. Take a look at our candidate FAQs for more information.

Kickstart Training - how can we help?

As a DWP-approved Kickstart Gateway, we have assisted hundreds of employers with their Kickstart training.  

The overriding purpose of the Kickstart Scheme is to ensure young people on Universal Credit not only gain work experience for six months, but crucially, are in a much stronger position at the end of the six months to obtain further employment if their placement is not extended.

As a result, a fundamental element of the scheme is a mandatory Employability Training programme – and we have seen a number of applications from employers who applied directly get rejected as a result of an inadequate Employability Training programme.

Our Online Employability Training Portal
Our Training Portal

We have invested a substantial amount of funds in developing a dedicated Kickstart Employability Training Programme which critically, has been specifically approved by the DWP. 

Our Employability Training programme is an extremely user-friendly online portal which guides young people through a number of training modules as well as providing a unique suite of videos, tools, assessments, and expert advice. It offers the full range of soft skills training on topics such as communication, team working and time management, as well as practical tools and advice on topics including CV writing, interviewing and job searching. Ultimately, it ensures the young person is in a much stronger position for future employment opportunities.

We can even offer an enhanced service where we provide a dedicated job coach to mentor the Kickstarter through their training programme.