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What is Kickstart?

The Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion investment by the government to try and prevent young people in a difficult job market from becoming reliant on Universal Credit over the long term.

It aims to do this by creating new six month job placements for those aged between 16-24 who currently receive Universal Credit and are at risk of long-term unemployment.

These placements are funded by the government who pay the minimum wage directly to employers based on a 25 hour per week placement and provides the opportunity for young people to gain valuable experience and training while the employer gets an additional resource.

What sort of roles are available?

Tower Hamlets is working closely with a number of employers within a range of sectors including construction, creative arts, digital media, hospitality and catering and fitness.

A sample of the roles available include:

  • Business Administration
  • Social Media Assistants
  • Catering Assistants
  • Retail Assistants
  • Graphic designers
  • Housing Assistants
  • Dance coaches
  • Marketing Assistants

There are many more opportunities available for all skill and experience levels. Most employers are seeking individuals who are committed, willing to learn and are enthusiastic about the role.

How much will I be paid?

The government will pay you minimum wage, which you can view in the following age groups. Some employers may choose to increase this wage.

National Minimum Wage:

  • Aged 23 and over £8.91 per hour​
  • Aged 21–22:  £8.36 per hour
  • Aged 18–20:  £6.56 per hour

What will I learn?

You will learn a range of new skills from the professional role that you will be undertaking, as well as, off the job training.

You will be provided with a mentor/coach to provide career advice and help you network to gain a competitive edge.

In addition, each employer will be providing employability skills training to help you progress after the placement and evolve your job readiness.   

How do I apply ?

You must be aged between 16–24 and claiming Universal Credit to be eligible for the scheme. Most Universal Credit claimants have a work coach to help them find work.

Your work coach will assess whether you are at risk of long-term unemployment and, if so, they will refer you to the Kickstart Scheme. The government expects up to 200,000 young people to be placed onto the scheme.

For further information, please email kickstart@towerhamlets.gov.uk with the following details:

  • name
  • national insurance number
  • contact number
  • the first part of your postcode.