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Kickstart Placements

What is a Kickstart Placement?

The Kickstart Placement Scheme is a national initiative that has been created by the government with the aim of helping young, unemployed people find their way back into work, by providing funding which is used to create job placements for eligible 16–24-year-olds with employers of all sizes and types.

Funding covers the placement holder’s wages (based on National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage, dependent on their age) based on 25 hours of work per week, for a placement lasting 6 months – as well as associated employer contributions (such as National Insurance). Employers can choose to pay a higher wage, or pay for additional hours, outside of the grant.

Placements should require only basic training to undertake, and the aim of the placement is to help the young person become more employable by developing their skills, supporting them with job application activity (such as CV and interview prep) and helping them to set goals for long-term work.

Whether you’re an Employer or a Potential Applicant – you can find more information below, or on the Gov UK website.

Info for Employers

If you’re a business that is looking to create job placements for young people, one way that you can fund this is through a Kickstart Scheme grant. This scheme enables employers to benefit from some extra support within their teams whilst also supporting a young person in the current, tough climate.

Kickstart Placements are fully funded by the government to cover a young person working with you for 25 hours per week for 6 months, as well as £1,500 per placement to cover additional setup costs incurred for, e.g., equipment, uniforms or training.

The placement should be able to be undertaken with only basic training and throughout the placement holder’s time with the employer, there would need to be time allowed (with an allocated mentor) to support them in improving their employability, such as working on interview skills or CV writing. This might be as little as a day per month, while during the rest of their time they would be working with the existing workforce.

Employers can visit the Gov UK website to find up-to-date information about the scheme – including requirements for eligibility, how to start the application process and ‘help for employers’.

Info for Applicants

A Kickstart Placement might be for you if you’re:

  • Aged between 16 and 24 years of age
  • Unemployed
  • Claiming Universal Credit

This scheme is available nationwide and is a job placement with a local employer, which lasts 6 months and is based on 25 hours of work per week. During the placement you will paid, at National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage (depending on your age), and this will be funded by the government. As well as completing basic intro training, you will work alongside other company employees and time will be allocated for you to work with a mentor on careers-related activities (like working on your CV or practising interview technique).

The aim of the scheme is to help young people by placing them in work and allowing them to gain valuable skills and work experience to help them become more employable for the future (and in turn, make it easier to find work at the end of the placement). You may even be able to apply for a permanent role within the company itself.

There are a number of Kickstart Placements in place within health and social care settings, in entry-level or trainee roles such as Healthcare Assistant or administrative (non-clinical) roles within departments like HR, finance, IT and more. You may not need any formal qualification for placements, but you would need to be committed, enthusiastic and compassionate; willing to ‘get stuck in’ and provide the best possible care to patients.

If you want to find out about Kickstart opportunities in your area, or apply for a placement, please speak to your Work Coach at the Jobcentre Plus to find out more.

Otherwise please get in touch with the We Can Do Together team if you have any questions.

Employers – Key Contacts:

Health – Julia Thomas:
Social Care – Hannah Kopel:

A Guide for Employers:

Kickstart Scheme:

Ask your Jobcentre Plus Work Coach about health and social care Kickstart Placement opportunities in your area.