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 know someone 18-24 and claiming universal credit? Would this person like the opportunity to take on a paid placement for 6 months within a fantastic organisation? We have a range of exciting Kickstart opportunities that have not yet been filled by young people! All employers that are approved through our gateway
“It’s the best job I’ve ever had!”, “I’m loving it!” was just some of the amazingly positive feedback we have received from Kickstart young people about their current placements. As the Kickstart Assistant at Better Connect one of my first tasks was to introduce myself to all the young people that were currently in
Meet the Team
I never thought I would be involved in Kickstart; however, it has taken over my life in the best way! At the start of the pandemic, I had to come home to finish of my degree online following this time I found myself on universal credit and working a low hour’s part time job. This
Meet the Team
The last 18 months have been different for everyone. People have lost their jobs, had mental health challenges, and being stuck in all-round hard situations! There has been some good that has come from this time too. My story began before the pandemic. For three years I worked in a retail job part time while
The truth is all employers will be looking for something different when they are interviewing candidates for a job. It depends on many factors such as the job role itself, our own personal preferences, the ‘idea’ of the sort of person we may want, the organisations values and many many more things! Now
This short introduction video features Hannah talking about the Better Connect Kickstart project
“I love every second of being in this job and I tell people every single day.” This short video features Katie – a new Kickstart staff member working for Pioneer Projects in North Yorkshire.
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