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Kickstart Scheme

For young people, getting your foot in the door at a job can be tricky, no matter your level of qualifications. The Kickstart Scheme offers a way to get quality, paid, part time work, and gain experience and workplace training for people aged 16 to 24 who receive Universal Credit.

What is Kickstart?

The Kickstart Scheme is a government funded programme to create new jobs for 16-24 year olds who receive Universal Credit. It can serve as a progression route and pathway into apprenticeships or other form of paid employment.

How do they work?

Kickstart jobs are the same as a traditional part time job where you are paid the minimum wage for 25 hours a week. However they will also provide support for workplace training, careers advice, and support.

How long do they last?

A Kickstart job is at least 25 hours per week for 6 months.

What qualifications do I need?

There are no specific qualifications required as it is dependent on the job description, but to apply you must be receiving Universal Credit and be 16 to 24 years old.

What about fees and wages?

You will receive the National Minimum Wage or the National Living Wage depending on your age. You may also continue to receive Universal Credit dependent on earnings and your personal circumstances.

What are the benefits?

Kickstarts may serve as a progression into an apprenticeship or a permanent job with your employer, however benefits of a Kickstart role also include;

  • Skills development in the workplace
  • Breaking down any barriers to employment and building confidence
  • Employer references to boost your CV
  • Career advice
  • Help with CV writing and preparing for interviews

How do I apply?

You apply for Kickstart job postings through your job centre work coach, they can recommend relevant Kickstart roles or you can mention Kickstart postings you’re aware of and interested in to them.

Where do I find kickstart vacancies?

Your job centre work coach can alert you to Kickstart vacancies that are relevant to the kind of jobs you’re looking for. Many companies advertise Kickstart vacancies on social media so you can also keep an eye on relevant companies you’re interested in. You can also find vacancies advertised on the job centre Find a job website.

What is involved in the recruitment process?

You can apply for the role with a CV and cover letter, and if selected you will take part in an interview.

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