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Kickstart Community is creating Kickstart placements with a difference.

In addition to connecting young people aged 16-24 currently on Universal Credit a six months paid placement for 25 hours a week, and a salary at the National Minimum Wage or higher (age dependent), we provide wraparound support, training, volunteering opportunities and mentoring.

Below, we outline the journey for young people on our placements, from referral through to in placement support and beyond.

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If you are an employer interested in offering Kickstart placements with a difference,
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There will be three types of training resources that you will be signposted to:

  • Short pre-recorded sessions covering a variety of topics to support you during the job-hunt and interview process.
  • Sector-specific supporting documents giving you more information on cover letters, CVs, mock interview questions, industry information, and advice and guidance on your sector.
  • Group or individual based training support to give you the knowledge you need to thrive in your new placement.


After your first month in placement, we also offer a range of (non-mandatory) additional development opportunities that you can make use of, including:

  • Additional training covering topics such as money management, confidence at work, personal improvement, and time management and organisation.
  • Sector-specific short courses and modules covering topics such as social media, customer service, construction, Microsoft Excel and more.


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:

  • securing full-time employment with your placement organisation - or a new organisation,
  • continuing learning whilst you earn through an apprenticeship, or
  • pursuing other opportunities that your career coach can refer you on to through Catch22's lines of support.
Your career coach will provide you with support and guidance, along with referring you on to additional services where needed, to help you reach your goals.

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.