Kickstart provides real job placements for young people aged 16–24 currently claiming Universal Credit, to gain experience, skills, and confidence.
The Kickstart programme was launched by the Government in August 2020 to support young people in the UK that have lost jobs and opportunities because of the coronavirus pandemic.
As a Gateway, Better Connect works with employers to offer exciting opportunities for Young People.
We want to create a partnership of values-based organisations that are committed to creating meaningful and inclusive placements for young people of all backgrounds, with a focus on providing genuine community benefit.
Our programme aims to create a triple legacy:
Who we want to work with:
Employers will receive funding for placements of 25 hours/week on the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage depending on the young person’s age.
Better Connect are a Gateway Provider for the Kickstart programme.
As a Gateway provider, we are an intermediary between the DWP and the Employer. We work directly with the employers to create the opportunities, submit all contractual documentation to the DWP, and monitor the success of the opportunities.
As a Gateway, we are keen to create a network of employers that can learn and develop ways to best support young people in their roles.
Do you think that your organisation would be able to be offer an exciting opportunity for a young person?
We will be submitting ‘additional’ opportunities to the DWP each month. Please complete and download our expression of interest form here..
Please send your expression of interest forms AND a job description for the roles you are offering to Hannah Prole on [email protected].
If you have any questions you would like to ask please get in touch with Hannah, Programmes Manager for Kickstart and she will be happy to talk to you.
We ran an introduction to the programme and we recorded the session. If you missed the event then you can see it
After introducing the programme we ran a Q & A session, you can view this here
The presentation used to introduce kickstart
A PDF FAQ sheet with information about the Kickstart programme