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Kickstart

The ‘Kickstart’ scheme has been launched by the Government to help provide hundreds of thousands of new jobs for younger workers, aged 16-24 like you, looking for employment.

Kickstart

The ‘Kickstart’ scheme has been launched by the Government to help provide hundreds of thousands of new jobs for younger workers, aged 16-24 like you, looking for employment.

As part of the Kickstart Scheme, you can now get a paid job with a local employer for 6 months in an exciting opportunity to gain experience working across the private, public and voluntary sectors!

Kickstart is perfect for you to help you get your career on track, whether returning from the pandemic furlough scheme or simply searching for your next career opportunity.

If you get a kickstart job, you’ll be working a minimum of 25 hours a week and be paid National Minimum wage for your age group. Your job will give you fantastic work experience and employability skills and will hopefully be a steppingstone to help you get into further employment.

Can I do a Kickstart scheme?

Jobs on the Kickstart scheme are open to 16–24-year-olds. To be eligible, you also need to be claiming Universal Credit or be at risk of long-term unemployment. You can get in touch with your Work Coach about these opportunities and if you don’t have a work coach, you can get in touch with your local authority, job centre or visit the Gov.UK website.

How long is a Kickstart placement?

Your kickstart placement is a 6-month paid job with a local employer and you can start your placement up until December 2021.

Does it cost me money to do work experience?

If you choose to go on the kickstart scheme, you won’t have to pay a penny – in fact, you’ll be the one getting paid!

What support do I get?

As well as getting work experience, you’ll also get some employability training as part of the Kickstart scheme.

Do I get paid?

Yes, if you get a job on the kickstart scheme, you will get paid – your employer will pay directly into your bank account! Although each employer may pay a slightly different salary, you’ll be working at least 25 hours per week (although your hours may vary) and you’ll get paid National Minimum Wage. This does vary depending on your age:

  • Under 18 - £4.62 per hour
  • 18-20 - £6.56 per hour
  • 21-22 - £8.36 per hour
  • 23 and over - £8.91 per hour

Some employers are also topping-up employee earnings, meaning you could earn more than this!

How does this help in the future?

If you get a job on the kickstart scheme, you’ll be able to add some fantastic work experience to your CV and you’ll get employability training and skills to help you find your next opportunity. Also, although the Kickstart scheme isn’t an apprenticeship, you could move onto an apprenticeship anytime during or after your Kickstart placement!

How do I apply?

There are a few options for you if you want to start a Kickstart job. If you’re currently claiming Universal Credit, your local Jobcentre will be able to help you make sure that you are eligible and find an opportunity in the local area.

Larger employers are also able to advertise their opportunities on other job sites, including GetMyFirstJob – so keep your eye out!

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