Kickstart your career
Kickstart placements are currently open to young people aged 16-24 who are in receipt of universal credit and ready for an opportunity.
How do I secure a placement?
If you are 16-24 and in receipt of universal credit, talk to your Jobcentre Plus work coach about the scheme, find out if you’re eligible, and ask them about Kickstart opportunities. When Kickstart opportunities suit your skillset, your work coach will discuss them with you. You will then apply for a specific role and, in most cases, go through an interview to secure the placement.
What happens after I’m offered a placement?
Once an employer has requested you join their team, you will be given a start date and sign a contract of employment for the duration of the scheme. This will outline when you’ll get paid, how much and what is expected of you as an employee. You will receive at least 25 hours a week at the minimum wage for your age.
What happens when the placement actually starts?
You will go to work on the days and times as requested by your employer, contribute to the business and earn a wage.
During the program, you will also be supported with work skills and career advice to help you learn from this placement opportunity and access work longer-term.
Your employer has come through East Midlands Chamber Gateway service; this employability support will be managed and delivered by East Midlands Chamber or a trusted subcontractor.
What happens when the placement ends?
Toward the end of the placement, all parties will work together to advise you on future work opportunities, including Apprenticeships. These might be with the same employer or a new employer.
To view a list of vacancies, please click on your area.
If you are interested in applying for a role, please get in touch with your Work Coach at the Job Centre.