THROUGH OUR KICKSTART COMMUNITY PROGRAMME
Once placements from employers are confirmed, Kickstart Community sends the placement to Job Centre Plus to set live.
Job Centre Plus shares the placement with young people aged 16-24 who are currently on Universal Credit.
Young people interested in the placement contact the Catch22 contact centre, and are assigned a career coach.
If you are an employer interested in offering Kickstart placements with a difference,
we can help.
After you have been assigned a career coach, you will be invited to attend a 1-hour induction session, during which you'll be given your induction booklet and access to Outcomes Star, and any training needs will be identified.
You will then be invited to take part in group or individual based training support to help guide you before your interview. This will include sessions on CV writing, preparing for interviews (including those held virtually), interview techniques, identifying your best skills, resilience, and personal brand.
Your career coach will work with Catch22 services to arrange your in-placement induction, through which you will have an opportunity to meet your new line manager and discuss your role and the responsibilities you will have.
There will be three types of training resources that you will be signposted to:
Over the six months of your placement, you will have regular contact with your Kickstart Community career coach to check in on your progress and needs - weekly in your first month, fortnightly in months two and three, and monthly in the latter half of your placement. You will also be able to access funds for training, clothes, travel etc. as needed.
After your first month, you will have the opportunity to get involved in a range of volunteering and social action opportunities through Catch22's NCS Local Action Groups, projects and community partners. We are in the process of developing further national partnerships to increase the opportunities available to you.
As your placement draws to an end, your career coach will meet with you and your line manager to talk about your goals and aspirations for the future - giving you advice and guidance on how to get there. They will also provide you with support for job searching and referrals, and can work with our Apprenticeships team to explore further work and learning opportunities.
After your first month in placement, we also offer a range of (non-mandatory) additional development opportunities that you can make use of, including:
We are passionate about providing sustainable employment opportunities. At the end of your six-month placement, there are a number of potential avenues that you can explore, and which your career coach will discuss with you during your aspirations session. For example:
If you are a young person interested in Kickstart Community,
please speak to your local Job Centre to find out more about opportunities in your area.