Kickstart is a job creation scheme by The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) that provides funding to employers to create six-month job placements for 16-24 year olds currently receiving Universal Credit. Funding covers 100% of the costs of a six-month placement, up to 25 hours a week, which can start anytime between now and 31 Dec 2021.

Creative Kickstart

Creative & Cultural Skills has been confirmed by DWP as a gateway organisation for Kickstart and will be supporting the creation of over 500 new jobs in the cultural sector for unemployed young people through this ‘Creative Kickstart’ programme, funded by DWP.

All Creative Kickstart employers approved by DWP have now been notified and applications to Creative Kickstart are now closed.

Information for Creative Kickstart employers

Congratulations on being selected to participate in Creative Kickstart!

As you will know, it is a DWP requirement that all employers who are offering placements through the Kickstart Scheme also offer wraparound support that will help all young people recruited through Kickstart to be more employable by the end of their placement. This can include, but is not limited to, helping them to write their CVs and prepare for interviews.

Creative Kickstart employers can deliver this support themselves or they can work with an external partner to do so.

Should you wish to work with an external partner to deliver this wraparound support, we have complied a list of Creative and Cultural Sector specialists that can help you:

Best practice

We have created a Best Practice Recruitment Guide for Creative Leaders to help creative and cultural sector employers reflect on how they currently approach recruitment and offer simple steps that could help a business reach beyond the norm. Designed support all employers to understand what diversity and inclusivity really mean, and the moral, social and legal implications of truly embracing these, the guide covers a range of topics including:

  • Understanding diversity and inclusion in the workplace
  • Understanding the difference between routes into the workforce, from Industry Placements to Employees, Workers and the Self-Employed
  • Determining employment status
  • How to reach the widest pool of talent – from practical advice around job descriptions, interview techniques and induction
  • An introduction to workforce development policies

Need more information?

If you are a Creative Kickstart employer and have questions, please email [email protected]

If you are not a Creative Kickstart employer but are interested in exploring the Kickstart scheme please visit Kickstart Scheme - GOV.UK to apply directly.