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Kickstart job placement scheme

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Want a Kickstart?

The Kickstart Placement Scheme is a 6 month paid job with a local employer, funded by the Government.

It provides a fully funded opportunity for you to get experience of working in one of the UK’s most exciting companies.

Jobs from the Kickstart Scheme will be open to people 16-24 years old, who are claiming Universal Credit, and are at risk of long term unemployment.

If you have a work coach, they will talk to you about the Kickstart Scheme and whether it’s right for you. 

Find out more about the Kickstart scheme on the Gov.UK Website

How to get a Kickstart placement?

The Kickstart scheme is a 6-month paid job placement with a local employer, paid for by the government.

If you are currently claiming universal credit, your local jobcentre will assist you through the eligibility criteria and help you find kickstart roles in your area.  

If you have any questions about Kickstart placements please contact 

Support during and before your Kickstart Placement

Read this Kickstart Placements Guide, developed by the Suffolk Gateway Partnership to support individuals participating in the Kickstart scheme and help both the employer and participant identify, plan and record the knowledge, skills and behaviours they acquire through their Kickstart placement. 

Please also see our list of organisations and charities below that can help support you during you during your Kickstart Placement

Useful Organisations, Charities and advice to support you

Smart Works - If you are a young woman who is looking to apply for a Kickstart placement, Smart Works charity provide a coaching service, and help provide high-quality clothes for interviews and/or starting work.  

Suffolk Family Carers - Charity that helps young family carers to get the support they need to live fuller lives.

Moving to Suffolk - If you are a young person who has recently moved to Suffolk from abroad, this page will help you find the services you need.

Lofty Heights: If you are an adult carer and need help with finding support services, Lofty Heights Breathing Space Project can support you with practical tasks around the home and garden.

Steadfast Training offer a comprehensive package of pre-employment and in-work support for those currently on or about to start a Kickstart placement. For more information click on the link or contact 0845 223 2401, or email Steadfast Training at

Health and Wellbeing Support:

For emotional wellbeing information, advice and support services to help you stay well while working, please go to our Mental Health and Wellbeing section.

Help with travel:

My Travel section - Useful information and advice on The Source for getting around Suffolk, including the Endeavour Card, 

Advice on Travel - Get help and information on this website for how you can travel to work safely and sustainably.

Kickstart Moped Scheme - Helps you get a moped/scooter at a reduced price to help you travel to work.

The scheme funds support costs to help you get on the road.

Money help: 

My Money Section - Check The Source money, credit and debt advice.

Suffolk Advice and Support Service - Get free professional money managing advice.

The Money Advice Service - Get free money advice and access to tools and money calculators to help keep track of your money.

Money Management Website - Use the Prince’s Trust Money Management Tool to help you plan and manage your monthly spending. 


My Housing Section - Go to The Source housing advice information.

Homelessness and Housing Support - Help with housing advice and housing related support from your local council.

  • If you are under 18 and need emergency accommodation, please call 0808 800 4005.

Shelter - Get help and housing advice from Shelter on issues like benefits, repairs, council housing, eviction, private renting, and homelessness.

Citizens Advice Bureau - Get free online advice from Citizens Advice on housing issues. 

Other support: 

Apprenticeships - If you are looking for an apprenticeship opportunities check out this information on The Source. 

Work Well Suffolk - if you are over 18 and need additional support to overcome barriers to work, the Work Well Suffolk team may be able to help you.

National Careers Service Skills Toolkit - Free online courses, tools, and resources to help you improve your digital and numeracy skills.

Adult Learning in Suffolk - If you are aged 19+ then a range of courses are available for you to improve or refresh your skills. 

Suffolk Youth Employment Services - Depending on where you live, the following Youth Employment Services can help you make your next steps into work education or training:


What happens after Kickstart?

If you are looking for employment and/or training opportunities after your Kickstart placement check out:

  • Icanbea website - Help finding a job or career.

  • National Careers Service website. - You can speak to a careers adviser to talk about your career, learning and training options on 0800 100 900. 

  • Job Support Programme - If you are looking for work, starting your own business, or developing new skills after your Kickstart placement, the Job Support Programme provides useful links and guidance. 


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