Kickstart for Education

PAG helped clients across the education sector to access Kickstart for Education, also known as the Kickstart Scheme, a fully-funded government initiative supporting 16-24 year-olds into work. The scheme aimed to create hundreds of thousands of subsidised job placements, providing genuine work experience for young people at risk of long-term unemployment as well as supporting the post-COVID economic recovery.

    The Kickstart Scheme: What is it?

    The Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion programme launched by the government in July 2020 with the aim of creating new job placements for 16-24 year olds who are at risk of long term unemployment.

    The scheme's aims were to create hundreds of thousands of job placements for 16-24 year-olds, providing work experience across any sector, and supporting the United Kingdom’s post-COVID economic recovery.

    Premier Advisory – the specialist education gateway provider

    Following the Government’s announcement of the initiative, Premier Advisory Group (PAG) launched Kickstart for Education under the terms of the scheme. PAG is an approved DWP Kickstart Gateway.

    This allowed PAG to manage applications to the scheme, saving valuable time and resources. PAG has a wealth of educational expertise and could therefore offer professional support and advice throughout the process.

     As part of our Kickstart for Education service, PAG supported our clients with:

    • Writing applications for Kickstart placements to the DWP. PAG also provided clients with a list of job descriptions for supernumerary positions which are relevant to the sector
    • Creating job descriptions according to clients’ specific needs
    • Facilitating the recruitment process, by helping with Vacancy Forms and sifting applications
    • Supporting the administrative related workstreams and co-ordinating with DWP and Job Centres
    • Offering employment training on behalf of clients to ensure Kickstart participants were improving their employability during the length of their placement.

    Interest in the scheme was very high from the outset, with feedback from PAG clients being overwhelmingly positive; it was great to see the spirit of collaboration of all involved in making this work.

    PAG’s Employability Training Offer

    In addition to salaries and on-costs, the DWP provided £1,500 for each Kickstart employee’s placement. This amount covered setup costs, for example interview costs, uniforms, laptops, inductions and CPD, as well as aided in supporting the young person to develop their employability skills. As part of the application to DWP, employers were asked to demonstrate how they would provide an appropriate level of support to develop each young person’s employability skills. This was delivered in house or by PAG as the gateway organisation.

    PAG designed a scheme of work to deliver the mandatory employability training. PAG clients could opt into this and it was then covered from within their £1,500 funding. Our offer ensured compliance with the Kickstart scheme and reduced workload for clients by undertaking the employability training of each young person. PAG also offered a modular programme of support to ensure that all Kickstart participants were offered a robust and high-quality programme boosting their employability skills.

    Overall, we received over


    requests for employees via the Kickstart Scheme

    Our Employers

    As a DWP approved National Gateway provider, we connected with young people from a large pool of education settings and employers across the country. You can see our full list of employers and locations here.

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