Writer: Andrew Knott
Editor: Ellice Evans
Andrew is our Kickstart Administrator. Today he will be telling us about the Kickstart Scheme and the benefits it has on young people.
Hello! I am the Kickstart Scheme Administrator for Bache Samuels. Today I will be talking about the benefits of the Kickstart Scheme for young people, who may be hesitant in applying or wanting to know more about why it’s worth it.
The Kickstart Scheme is a government-funded scheme set up to help young people aged 16–24, get into employment. A Kickstart placement is 6 months long. During this time, the Kickstart employee wages will be paid in full by the Department of Wages and Pensions (DWP). That’s 25 hours a week at the National Minimum Wage covered. By the end, Kickstart employees will have gained experience as well as new skills to further themselves into future employment.
There are many benefits for young people who decide to take part in the Kickstart Scheme, which I hope I have outlined well enough. Using Bache Samuels as an example, we aim to get Kickstarter’s signed up for the employability training after just the first 6 weeks of their placement to ensure they’ve got the tools to maximise their placement experience and improve employability.
Hopefully reading this has opened you up to the wide range of benefits provided to young people who may be interested in taking part in the Kickstart Scheme, and I urge you to contact us at Bache Samuels if you would like to know more. We are an approved Kickstart Gateway so not only can we answer enquiries regarding the scheme, we are here to help get the roles approved and filled!