What is the government’s Kickstart scheme?

The scheme helps younger workers find employment during the pandemic. Jobs are in the form of paid work placements which aim to help build skills and experience, and are a stepping stone into further employment.

Am I eligible for the Kickstart scheme?

The Kickstart scheme is designed for those aged between 16 and 24 who are currently claiming Universal Credit and may be at risk of long-term unemployment. It’s being run by the DWP, so your local Jobcentre will be able to help you find out whether or not you’re eligible.

How does the Kickstart scheme work?

The government will cover 100% of minimum wage for workers, up to a maximum of 25 hours per week. They’ll also cover National Insurance payments and pension contributions.

How long does the scheme last?

Kickstart placements can last for a period of up to six months. The scheme will operate until at least December 2021.

What if I’m furloughed?

As the scheme is aimed at those at risk of long-term unemployment who are currently receiving Universal Credit, furloughed workers will not be eligible to take part. However, if you’re aged between 16 and 24 and lose your job due to the pandemic, you may then meet the eligibility requirements. Graduates or recent school leavers may also be able to apply.

What roles can I apply for?

We have roles available through the Kickstart scheme in many areas, including:

  • Business Administration
  • Front of House & Kitchen Staff
  • Retail
  • Cleaning
  • Grounds Work
  • Maintenance
  • Site Access Supervision

As well as a range of technician roles in areas such as:

  • Animal Care
  • Sports
  • Music
  • Art
  • Hair & Beauty

How do I apply for Halesowen College Kickstart opportunities?

You can apply by sending your CV and a cover letter to kickstart@halesowen.ac.uk. You can apply for as many different roles as you like but please make this clear in your cover letter.

What happens next

You will receive confirmation of your application. The College will review your CV and will contact you by early June to confirm if your application has been successful. If successful, you will be invited for an interview and a tour of the College – this may be virtual depending on Covid 19 restrictions.

If appointed to the Kickstart Programme, successful applicants will be subject to DBS clearance and reference checks.

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