Posted 09 March 2021

The Kickstart Scheme has launched! Here’s how you can apply for roles

Back in October, we shared everything we knew about the new Kickstart Scheme launched by the UK government to help get 16 to 24-year-olds back into work. With the first round of jobs (‘Phase One’) recently announced and the deadline creeping up on 24th March, here’s a recap, and how you can apply.

Wait, what’s the Kickstart Scheme again?

The Kickstart Scheme is an initiative that provides six-month paid job placements with a local employer, entirely funded by the government, and the first round of jobs has just gone live.

It was launched in response to the global pandemic by Chancellor Rishi Sunak to provide job opportunities to hundreds of thousands of young people who are currently unemployed.

Who can apply?
The scheme is only open to 16 to 24-year-olds who are claiming Universal Credit, and are at risk of long-term unemployment. The scheme is accessible across England, Scotland and Wales, and across all sectors – whether creative or not.

When’s the deadline?
For ‘Phase One’ roles, you’ll need to apply by 24th March 2021. These jobs will start from mid-April to early May 2021. For ‘Phase Two’ roles, you’ll need to apply by 4th September 2021. These jobs will start in October 2021.

How much will I be paid?
If you secure a six-month work placement via the Kickstart Scheme you’ll either be paid 100% of the National Minimum Wage, or the National Living Wage depending on your age. This will be for 25 hours per week for a total of six months. Remember, as part of the Chancellor’s budget, the National Minimum Wage will go up to £8.91 from April 2021.

How to apply

Your Jobcentre Plus Work Coach
When claiming Universal Credit, you are entitled to a Work Coach from Jobcentre Plus who’s there to guide you on your job hunt. You can speak to them about which vacancies are currently live via the Kickstart Scheme. If you don’t currently have a Work Coach, contact your local Jobcentre Plus office to enquire. You can find the address or email address of the nearest one to you by typing in your postcode here.

If you already have a Work Coach, it’s likely that they’ll have already contacted you about the roles they feel you’re best suited to. Once you’ve decided on which roles you’re interested in, your Work Coach will fill you in on the next steps, and send you to an online form to complete.

Attend an information application support session
You can also take part in sessions to learn more about the Kickstart Scheme, connect with the organisations that are hiring, and find out how you can put yourself forward. For example, Create Jobs is holding session a session on 19th March. Have a look and book here!

What placements are available?

The Kickstart Scheme doesn’t just cover roles in the creative industry – it’s available to all sectors and is expected to host a diverse range of roles from various businesses across England, Scotland, and Wales.

Where are roles being posted?

While there isn’t one designated place to search for roles, you can start by browsing roles online which you can later discuss with your Work Coach. You can also find region-specific roles by searching ‘Kickstart Scheme’ on social media platforms like LinkedIn and specifying your location.

For regular updates, it’s also worth keeping your eye on the Kickstart section of the website, following the Department for Work and Pensions Press Office Twitter page, as well as organisations like Create Jobs and Creative Access.

The following are a sample of some London-based roles, as collated by Create Jobs, including an opportunity to work with us here at Creative Lives!

Phase One (Deadline 24th March 2021)

Activate the City!, Design Assistant
Artillery CIC, Festival Assistant
Animade, Production Coordinator
A New Direction, Communication Assistant
A New Direction, Programmes Assistant
Becave Ltd, Business Developer
Becave Ltd, Junior Web Developer
Becave Ltd, Junior Graphic Designer
Becave Ltd, Customer Service Representative
Becave Ltd, Assistant
brillea (Growth Hacking Ltd), Marketing Assistant
Create, Development Administrator
JARIRAM, Admin and Sales Support
Harbour Collective, Marketing, Advertising and Communications Intern
Magnum Photos, Education Trainee
Mi Media, Media Apprentice
Migration Museum Project, Creative Producer
Nicholas Daley Ltd, Creative Studio Assistant
Nula Carbon, Social and Digital Media Intern
Outset Studio, Studio Assistant
Siobhan Davies Studios, CONTINUOUS Network, Production Assistant
Smartify, Social Media and Content Officer
Sound Connections, Programme Trainee
Social Spider CIC, Advertising Sales Assistant
Anyways Creative, Creative Placement X1
Anyways Creative, Project Executive
Creative Lives in Progress, Editorial Assistant
Its Nice That, Editorial Assistant
White Weft, Design Studio Assistant
Wieden + Kennedy, Account Handling Intern
Wieden + Kennedy, TV Production Intern
Wood Street Walls CIC, Tour Guide & Cultural Ambassador X2
YOUTH CLUB Archive, Museum of Youth Culture, Digital Assistant
Denier Studio, Assistant Designer and Studio Assistant
Just So, Junior Designer
Just So, Social Media Coordinator

Phase Two (Deadline 4th September 2021)

Acamar Films Ltd, Production Intern
Activate the City!, Creative Assistant
ATC Live, Administrative Assistant
Driift Live, Administrative Assistant
Becave Ltd, Junior Account Manager
Bow Arts, Job Title TBC
British Youth Music Theatre, Production Assistant
BJSS Ltd, Flipside Trainee
Creoate Limited, Account Executive
Creoate Limited, Marketing Executive
Denier Studio, Assistant Designer and Studio Assistant
Hato Press Ltd, Publishing and Buying Assistant
Hato Press Ltd, Printing Assistant
Hato Press Ltd, Design Assistant
Just So, Social Media Coordinator
Lover Management Ltd, Digital Assistant x5
Ministry of Stories, Operations Marketing Assistant
MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology), Bloomberg Archive Project Assistant
MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology), Finance Assistant
Neil Laidlaw Productions Ltd, Production Work Placement
Pyramid Theatre Company Ltd, Backstage Work Placement X3
Neil Laidlaw Productions Ltd, Production Work Placement
Worldwide FM, Job Title TBC

Written by Creative Lives in Progress