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Accessing the ‘Kickstart’ Work Placement Scheme

Added: 15/10/2020

Third Sector Leeds

The Council’s Employment and Skills department have shared initial details about their support for organisations to apply to Kickstart.


Kickstart is the government’s flagship scheme, offering 6 month work placements for young people. Since the scheme was launched in September we have been approached by lots of third sector organisations asking how they can access the scheme. We have recently received an update from our colleagues at the council’s Employment and Skills department and wanted to share it with our members.


Where organisations cannot offer 30 placements on their own, they need to work through a ‘Gateway’ organisation that will make applications on their behalf and provide ongoing support. The council is planning to  operate as a ‘Gateway’, and anyone wanting to offer a placement should contact On approaching the council you will be ask to fill out an Expression of Interest explaining the role that you wish to offer, after which the council will review what you’ve said to make sure it fits with the scheme expectations. When the council has gauged the level of demand it plans to make an application to the programme (it has not yet set out a timescale).


In previous conversations colleagues at the council have said that they are looking to support third sector organisations and SMEs through joint applications, as well as offering wrap around support to cover the key requirements of the scheme


We understand that some of the details of the government’s Kickstart placement contract are still being finalised. You can get up to date national information on the scheme at



To get up to date on the debate about getting the best out of the scheme you might be interested in the following extract from the Learning and Work Institute’s October Learning and Work Newsletter.


This new briefing paper sets out the key factors that will make the scheme a success. Nicola Aylward, one of the authors of the report, has written for Tes, and if you missed our recent webinar on the subject, you can catch up here.

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