Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme is a 6 month paid job with a local employer, funded by the Government. It provides a fully funded job opportunity for young people to gain experience of working in some of Britain’s most exciting companies.

 

Am I eligible for Kickstart?

Jobs from the Kickstart Scheme are open to 16–24-year-olds, who are claiming Universal Credit, and are at risk of long-term unemployment. If you have a Work Coach talk to them about the Kickstart Scheme and find out whether it’s right for you.

What does Kickstart offer me?

Kickstart Scheme jobs are normally 25 hours per week and pay at least the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage depending on how old you are. You will be paid by your employer and depending on your circumstance, you may continue to receive Universal Credit once you start work. Find out more about how your earnings affect your payments on gov.uk: How your earnings affect your payments. 

Not only will you be in a paid 6-month job, you will also be receiving additional employability support to help boost your employment prospects in the future.  

You may be able to move from a Kickstart job into an apprenticeship within the same company.

How do I apply to Kickstart?

We'll regularly post the latest Kickstart opportunities over on our vacancies page. If you see something that you're interested in, make contact with your Work Coach to find out more and apply.

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