29 November 2021
At Catch22, we were among the first to join the ranks of Kickstart Gateways, very shortly after the DWP announced the programme. Catch22 is a big supporter of Kickstart, and we are committed to its spirit and ambition of providing jobs for 250,000 young people.
We set up Kickstart Community; a programme that combines Kickstart placements with civic service and skills building, to be the ‘best-in-breed’, with long term impact at its heart. While we have been working with the Department, JCP and officials since inception – and the road has certainly been bumpy at times – we now feel it important to submit evidence on the challenges, along with possible solutions for the remaining duration of the scheme. Young people have borne the brunt of the pandemic’s damage – in terms of life prospects and mental wellbeing – and we are writing in the spirit of wishing for Kickstart to have the success that all of us committed to from the start.
Read the Catch22 full response to the Public Accounts Committee inquiry into the operation or effectiveness of the Kickstart scheme, and the value for money it represents.