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Coronavirus (COVID-19) has made this a difficult year for us all. Young people are likely to be particularly affected as they try and start their working lives as many of the opportunities that they would normally have accessed have vanished.

The Education People (working on behalf of Kent County Council) works to improve outcomes for children, young people and educational settings.

One of the current main focuses is to work with businesses to ensure young people are prepared for work and that there are enough work and training opportunities for them. Some of the projects include:

  • Brokering between education/employment providers and businesses to plan and deliver a range of projects. Currently looking for business/industry volunteers to support the delivery of a pilot careers programme across a group of schools.
  • Supporting the Careers and Enterprise Company. This locally delivered government initiative matches school leadership teams with volunteers from a business who support with the development and implementation of careers strategies. Currently looking for senior business/industry figures to volunteer as Enterprise Advisers.
  • Generate more apprenticeships and training opportunities for young people.

Please go to to find out about all the work being done and to offer your help.

One of the biggest priorities at the present is to transform the way work experience is delivered.  The more experience of work and workplaces a young person has, the more likely they are to successfully start their careers. Due to the government guidance and restrictions in place for the pandemic, they are looking to deliver work experience and employer encounters virtually.

To do this, businesses are needed that can offer one or more of the following:

  • Pre-recorded videos/vlogs about your industry, the jobs available, and the skills that are needed (this include personal success stories from your team).
  • Live webinars/meetings that can inspire young people to join the industry, a two-way conversation between businesses and young people.
  • Assist with delivery virtual sessions to young people that enables them to understand the skills, qualifications and experiences required to succeed in the industry.

The hope is that, with business support, the young people can be given insight into the broad variety of jobs and sectors across Kent and help them make decisions about their future careers.

Benefits for business:

  • Raising the profile of your business in the community
  • Developing a pipeline of work ready employees.
  • Developing your own staff as they learn about mentoring and support.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss how you can work with the company further, please either call 03000 419 198 and ask for Meryl Marshall, or email

The Scheme is a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements for young people.

Through the scheme, you’ll be able to access a large pool of young people with potential, ready for an opportunity.  Initially the scheme will prioritise young people aged between 16 and 24 who are ready for an opportunity and will be supported by their Jobcentre Plus work coach to enrol in the scheme.

If you are an employer looking to create job placements for young people, you can do so in two ways:

  • If you are looking to create fewer than 30 placements, you can do this via the Chamber who are an authorised intermediary.
    Please complete the form here
  • If you are looking to create more than 30 placements, you can apply here

How the scheme works

You can use the Kickstart Scheme to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. The job placements should support the participants to develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the scheme.

Funding is available for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. There is also £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.

Business looking to offer fewer than 30 places, can apply through the Chamber. Funding is available following a successful application process. Simply register your interest here

Kickstart is not an apprenticeship, but participants may move on to an apprenticeship at any time during, or after their job placement.

Who can apply for funding

Any organisation, regardless of size, can apply for funding.

The job placements created with Kickstart funding must be new jobs. They must not:

  • Replace existing or planned vacancies
  • Cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment

The roles you are applying for must be:

  • A minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months
  • Paid at least the National Minimum Wage for their age group
  • Should not require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement

Each application should include how you will help the participants to develop their skills and experience, including:

  • Support to look for long-term work, including career advice and setting goals
  • Support with CV and interview preparations
  • Supporting the participant with basic skills, such as attendance, timekeeping and teamwork

Once a job placement is created, it can be taken up by a second person once the first successful applicant has completed their 6-month term.

How to apply

If your organisation is creating fewer than 30 job placements, we can help you do this, as you are not eligible to able to apply directly. We are collating businesses for DWP/Government, bringing them together for those who want to do less than 30 placements.

Register your interest here and we will get back to you with further information.

If your organisation is creating more than 30 job placements as part of the Kickstart Scheme, you can submit your application directly.


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