Application support and
Employability Support Packages
for the Kickstart Scheme

Sector-leading Gateway support and employability support
packages
to make your Kickstart placements a success.
Trusted by companies big and small that offer great placements.

5 Things you need to know about Kickstart

Kickstart fully funds 6-month placements for young people in your company

Kickstart is the UK government scheme that funds work placements for young people. Your company receives full funding to hire a young person (16- 24 year olds) for 6 months. It’s a great scheme for young people, and for your company.

Your placement needs to make a positive impact on the young person

To secure your Kickstart placements, your company must demonstrate that it can offer high-quality training, development and support to ensure the young person leaves your organisation more employable than when they started with you.
To fund these activities, every placement comes with a £1,500 training grant to be spent on employability support.

How do I access the Kickstart scheme?

Apply yourself directly
Your company can directly apply for a Kickstart grant today. Application is via a simple form on the Kickstart website.

Work with a Gateway Body
You can also work with a Gateway Body who submits the application on your behalf. Gateway bodies are experts in submitting Kickstart applications, and directly work with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

There is no cost in using a Gateway Body, their service fees are covered by DWP.

Application pitfalls

• If your company applies directly, your application goes into the intray at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The high volume of applications means DWP is not able to give status updates. You will be in the dark, until you hear back.
• The simplicity of the questions on the application form does not necessarily mirror the complexity of what is being assessed. Many, many companies make small errors, which will automatically result in a rejection. When you get a negative result, because of high volume of applications, DWP can’t tell you where you went wrong.
• If your application is rejected, you have to start over again, without knowing where you went wrong, losing time and effort.

You can strongly increase your chances by working with a Kickstart gateway body (it’s free!)

If you work with a Gateway Body, their rigorous screening process will prequalify your application. Due to their guidance and understanding of your company’s situation, the chances of your application being successful are significantly enhanced. There is no cost in using a Gateway Body.
• A key requirement for the scheme is increasing the employability of the young person on your placement. Whether you apply directly, or via a Gateway body, our employability support packages are designed to help your organisation demonstrate and deliver on this requirement.

Work with us (it’s free) and give your company the best chance of Kickstart success

250+ companies approved. Working with Classof2020/ Potential.ly Gateway partners

Potential.ly/Classof2020 have partnered with a leading Gateway partnership to help your company access the Kickstart scheme.
Through rigorous process and high integrity, our gateway partnership currently maintains a 100% (!) track record of companies being approved.

If you are keen to work with a highly trusted Gateway Partnership, get in touch!

Gateway services are provided for free. We love working with SMEs and business owners who want to offer high-quality placements for young people.

All-in-one employability support packages to deliver excellent placements

Skills empowering employability progams designed to help your company meet all DWP requirements and attract highly motivated young people.

Cover Kickstart employability requirements

Our Kickstart employability support packages have been designed to help your company meet all training requirements of the Kickstart scheme.

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Full service, saving you
time and effort

The programme includes regular mentor meetings with professional advisors through Henley Business School Career Services. Help your young person set goals, and support them in managing and monitoring their progress.

Community & Events

Regular social events and networking opportunities events via Classof2020, connecting young people with peers and industry professionals.

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The premium: Offer certification

Incentivise skills development: Participants receive a Certificate of Completion from Henley Business School Career Services, for successfully completing the career readiness programme

A shot at the future

Kickstart Elevate was started by Classof2020, a volunteer run initiative to support young people who are negatively affected in the job market by COVID-19.

By working with us, you will not only be supporting your young person on their next step on the career
ladder but you will also be directly supporting the
thousands of young people who benefit from our free training offering at my.potential.ly.
The positive impact we are making has recently featured on BBC and the Guardian.

Check it out

What is Kickstart and how can your company access it?

Kickstart funds your 6-month placements

Kickstart is the UK government scheme that funds work placements for young people. Your company receives full funding to hire a young person (16-24 year olds) for 6 months.

Employability training required

To secure your Kickstart placements, your company must demonstrate that it can offer high-quality training, development and support to ensure the young person leaves your organisation more employable than when they started with you. To fund these activities, every placement comes with an additionial £1,500 training grant.

How do I access the Kickstart scheme?

• Your company can apply directly for a Kickstart grant. Application is via a simple form on the Kickstart website.
• You can also work with a Gateway Body who submits the application on your behalf. Gateway bodies are experts in submitting Kickstart applications, and directly work with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). There is no cost in using a Gateway Body, their service fees are covered by DWP.

Applying directly

• If you work with a Gateway Body, their rigorous screening process will prequalify your application. Due to their guidance and understanding of your company’s situation, the chances of your application being successful are significantly enhanced. There is no cost in using a Gateway Body.
• A key requirement for the scheme is increasing the employability of the young person on your placement. Whether you apply directly, or via a Gateway body, our employability support packages are designed to help your organisation demonstrate and deliver on this requirement.

Any questions? We're here to help!

Pricing

Save time and effort in offering a great work experience.

Fully funded and free to your company: The cost of the selected training package will be fully covered by the government’s training budget for your Kickstart placement (budget of £1,500 per placement).
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Basic
£375
£450 incVat
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Elevate
£625
£750 incVat
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Top Employability Training

Carefully curated to meet Kickstart requirements.

DIGITAL SKILLS PATHWAY, selected by company

Customer Success and Relationship Management, AI Business School with Microsoft, Fundamentals of UX design...

SKILLS REVIEW AND CV SESSION

1:1 session with Henley Business School Career Centre coach

CAREER EMPOWERMENT & MENTORING

1:1 mentoring and development with professional mentors.

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DIGITAL CAREER READINESS CERTIFICATE

Official Certificate of Completion from HBS Career Centre

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Top Employability Training

Carefully curated to meet Kickstart requirements.

DIGITAL SKILLS PATHWAY, selected by company

Customer Success and Relationship Management, AI Business School with Microsoft, Fundamentals of UX design...

SKILLS REVIEW AND CV SESSION

1:1 session with Henley Business School Career Centre coach

CAREER EMPOWERMENT & MENTORING

1:1 mentoring and development with professional mentors.

-

DIGITAL CAREER READINESS CERTIFICATE

Official Certificate of Completion from HBS Career Centre

-

Basic
£375
£450 incVat
Get Started
Top Employability Training

Carefully curated to meet Kickstart requirements.

DIGITAL SKILLS PATHWAY, selected by company

Customer Success and Relationship Management, AI Business School with Microsoft, Fundamentals of UX design...

SKILLS REVIEW AND CV SESSION

1:1 session with Henley Business School Career Centre coach

CAREER EMPOWERMENT & MENTORING

1:1 mentoring and development with professional mentors.

DIGITAL CAREER READINESS CERTIFICATE

Official Certificate of Completion from HBS Career Centre

Elevate
£625
£750 exVat
Get Started

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