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Advice for young people

Kickstart your career

Kickstart placements are currently open to young people aged 16-24 who are in receipt of universal credit and ready for an opportunity. Over time, 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 in receipt of universal credit, talk to your Jobcentre Plus work coach about the scheme, find out if you’re eligible and ask 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 some 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 25 hours a week at the minimum wage for your age.

What happens when the placement actually starts?

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 UK service, this employability support will be managed and delivered by SupplyTrain CIC or a trusted subcontractor.

What happens when the placement ends?

Toward 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 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.

Kickstart UK is run by Supplytrain CIC – a social enterprise committed to helping small businesses employ and train young people.

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