Kickstart placements for young people

The first Kickstart placements will start in November 2020 and are open to young people aged 16-24 who are receiving Universal Credit and are at risk of long term unemployment.  

Overtime, the Government is looking to extend these criteria, so that more people who want to work but are struggling to find employment can access the scheme.

How do I secure a placement?

If you are 16-24 and receiving Universal Credit, talk to your Jobcentre Plus work coach about the scheme. They will be able to tell you if you’re eligible and if there are any Kickstart opportunities coming up.

When there are Kickstart opportunities available that suit your skill set your work coach will discuss them with you. You will then apply for a specific role and, in most cases go through an interview to secure the placement.

What happens after I’m offered a placement?

Once an employer has requested you join their team, you will be given a start date and sign a contract of employment for the duration of the scheme. This will outline when you’ll get paid, how much and what is expected of you as an employee.

You will receive at least minimum wage for your age for a minimum of 25 hours a week.

What happens when I start my placement?

You will go to work on the days and times as requested by your employer, contribute to the business and earn a wage.

You will also be supported during the programme with work skills and careers advice to help you learn from this placement opportunity and access work longer-term.

If your employer has come through Kickstart Kent, this support will be delivered by Social Enterprise Kent.  

What happens when my placement ends?

Towards the end of the placement all parties will work together to advise you on future work opportunities. These might be with the same employer or a new employer.  

What if I don’t meet the eligibility criteria?

If you are keen to work, but struggling to find employment, visit the National Careers Service website in the first instance to get advice.

There are also other schemes for young people that you might be eligible for like traineeships, internships and work placements.

Apprenticeship opportunities are also open to people of all ages.