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Kickstart Community is a team of social innovators who want to give young people entering the most hostile labour market since the 1980s the opportunity to swim and not simply tread water.

Incubated by charity and social business Catch22, we are bringing together purposeful employers and young people for Kickstart placements with a difference. We bring deep knowledge and networks in social innovation, building at scale, and policy.


Kickstart offers 16-24 year olds currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long term unemployment a six months paid placement for 25 hours a week, and a salary at the National Minimum Wage or higher (age dependent).

Understand the young person's journey with Kickstart Community

In addition, Kickstart Community will offer them:


Join a national community of high impact, purposeful employers. Kickstart Community will:



Our senior team includes figures who have built national civic organisations, such as the Raspberry Pi Foundation and The Challenge, at pace; leaders in social innovation from Catch22 and the National Citizens Service; and who have overseen national policy from Government departments and No.10 Downing Street.

Find out more about our people

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