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The Kickstart Scheme

As the UK looks set to face a period of sustained youth unemployment, The Prince’s Trust welcomes the Government’s new Kickstart scheme.

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What is Kickstart?

As part of the UK government’s Plan for Jobs, employers can receive funding to create new six-month job placements for young people.

The scheme is aimed at 16 to 24-year olds currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment who will be able to access a six-month paid placement for a minimum 25 hours a week. 

For further information visit the Kickstart Scheme website

Are you an employer looking to set up Kickstart placements?

As the UK’s leading youth charity, The Prince’s Trust can help you manage the required wraparound employability support, ensuring we give young people who will most benefit from the scheme the best possible chance to succeed.

With over 40 years’ experience of working with young people and an extensive network of youth support workers, partners and mentors, we want to collaborate with responsible employers who would like to ensure they offer quality placements. In return we will work with you every step of the way to ensure together we can have the biggest impact on young lives.

Are you an employer looking for a Kickstart gateway?

At The Prince's Trust, we know that some employers need a gateway provider to help them manage their Kickstart placements, that is why we have partnered with Manpower Group to offer a gateway provision for employers looking for support in managing their Kickstart placements. 

By working collaboratively with Manpower Group and The Prince’s Trust, you’ll get expert support with the administrative set up of Kickstart alongside a quality support package designed to give young people the best possible start in their new jobs.

To make an application today head over to our Kickstart Gateway Hub or chat to someone from our team via email for more information.

Our wraparound support offer

Pre-placement and onboarding
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Advice, guidance and resources to support your recruitment process which will target and prepare the young people who will benefit most from the scheme to succeed in interviews and beyond - increasing the diversity of your placement cohorts. 

Ongoing support
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Ongoing wraparound support - such as employability workshops, webinars and one-to-ones - to aid retention, upskill, motivate and inspire not just the young people on placement, but your wider workforce too. 

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Tailored progression support for young people on their next steps, regardless of whether it's within your organisation or not, to maintain their confidence by refreshing skills and recognising their achievements. 


Continued access to The Trust's opportunities including free courses and mentoring support to further develop young people's confidence to find a career that's right for them - to tackle long-term youth unemployment once and for all. 

What are you waiting for? The next generation of talent needs you

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