Application support and
Employability support
for the Kickstart Scheme

Take on a young person and work with a leading
training provider
to ensure high quality wraparound
employability support for your job placement

Free and hands-on Kickstart
application support

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

Work with a Gateway Body
Kickstart gateways are Government approved and handle Kickstart applications on behalf of companies, directly working with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Work with us (it’s free!)

If you work with us, our practical advice and rigorous screening process will support the approval chances of your Kickstart application.
At no cost to you!
A key requirement for the scheme is increasing the employability of the young person on your placement. Our employability support packages are designed to help your organisation demonstrate and deliver on this requirement.

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

Skills empowering employability progammes designed to help your company meet all Kickstart 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
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The programme includes mentor meetings with professional advisors through Henley Business School Career Centre. Help your young person set goals, and support them in managing and monitoring their progress.

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Recognition of new employability skills

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

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We offer tailored packages to help you meet Kickstart requirements and deliver a great placement experience. 
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Trusted support to help you secure your Placement

Free Application Support

Expert support to guide you through the application process

*Recommended*

FOUNDATION Employability
Support Package

Designed to meet Kickstart employability requirements.
• Online Employability training
• One-to-One session with career advisor
• Digital skills pathway

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*Attract great young talent by offering great placement experience *

ELEVATE Employability Support Package

• 5 x One-to-One development sessions to boost skills and confidence
• Digital skills pathway
• Skills accreditation
• Certificate of Completion from Henley Business School Career Centre

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Package Price (exc. VAT)

• Every job placement includes £1500 funding for setup costs and employability support for the young person
• The price of any package will be covered by this funding
• There are no other hidden costs to your company
• All the remaining funds will be available directly to you

£750

£625 exc. VAT
Covered from the
Kickstart funding.

£450

£375 exc. VAT
Covered from the
Kickstart funding.

FREE

Trusted support to help you secure your Placement

Free Application Support

Expert support to secure your placement.

*Highly Recommended*

FOUNDATION Employability
Support Package

Designed to meet Kickstart employability requirements.
• Online Employability training
• 1:1 session with career advisor
• Digital skills pathway

*Attract great young talent by offering great placement experience *

Elevate Package

• 5x 1:1 development sessions boosting confidence and skills.
• Networking sessions
• Skills accreditation and Certificate of Completion from Henley Business School Career Centre

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Package Price (exVAT)

• Every placement includes a £1,500 grant designated to fund training for the young person.
• The price of any package will be covered by this training grant.
• There are no other or hidden costs to your organisation.
• The remaining funds from the grant will be directly disbursed to your company.

£375

Covered from
training grant.

Foundation
£375
Get Started

Trusted support to help you secure your Placement

Free Application Support

Expert support to secure your placement.

*Highly Recommended*

FOUNDATION Employability
Support Package

Designed to meet Kickstart employability requirements.
• Online Employability training
• 1:1 session with career advisor
• Digital skills pathway

-

*Attract great young talent by offering great placement experience *

Elevate Package

• 5x 1:1 development sessions boosting confidence and skills.
• Networking sessions
• Skills accreditation and Certificate of Completion from Henley Business School Career Centre

-

Package Price (exVAT)

• Every placement includes a £1,500 grant designated to fund training for the young person.
• The price of any package will be covered by this training grant.
• There are no other or hidden costs to your organisation.
• The remaining funds from the grant will be directly disbursed to your company.

FREE

Trusted support to help you secure your Placement

Free Gateway ApplicationSupport

Expert support to secure your placement.

*Highly Recommended*

FOUNDATION Employability
Support Package

Designed to meet Kickstart employability requirements.
• Online Employability training
• 1:1 session with career advisor
• Digital skills pathway

*Attract great young talent by offering great placement experience *

Elevate Package

• 5x 1:1 development sessions boosting confidence and skills.
• Networking sessions
• Skills accreditation and Certificate of Completion from Henley Business School Career Centre

Package Price (exVAT)

• Every placement includes a £1,500 grant designated to fund training for the young person.
• The price of any package will be covered by this training grant.
• There are no other or hidden costs to your organisation.
• The remaining funds from the grant will be directly disbursed to your company.

£625

Covered from
training grant.

Elevate
£625
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Why use an external provider for employability skills support?

Most employability learning happens on the job, so why spend part of our training grant on an external Employability Support Package?

Kickstart is about supporting young people, first and foremost

Kickstart is an attractive scheme: a free resource for your company for 6 months, fully funded by the government. And on top of that, there is also the £1,500 training grant awarded to your company. Why is the government doing this? To help young people become more employable. It’s important that this always stays front and centre when you think about your Kickstart placements.

Key employability learning will happen on the job, and will be provided by your organisation
Without doubt, the most important employability learning moments the young person will experience on your placement, will happen on the job. Key learning will happen through working on their assigned tasks; by interacting with your team, possibly with customers; through mentorship and feedback from line-managers and colleagues; from shadowing their work.

If the placement provides the bulk of the learning, why do we need to focus on employability?
Most of the above skills development is implicit learning. Being able to articulate what you’ve learned, and then turn this into a ‘marketable pitch’ to get the next job and ultimately turn that into a career, are two very different things. Employability skills not only describe a set of expected skills around time management, organisation skills, teamworking skills, etc that nearly all employers are looking for, they also include learnable skills around career readiness that allow young people to successfully forge their own path in the long run.

Can’t we cover employability skills ourselves?

Absolutely you can. However, the vast majority of organisations will find it far less costly and time-consuming to work with a specialist provider around this. Instead of spending your time preparing employability learning materials, or becoming a career advisor, let experts take care of the employability aspect. Remember there is a £1,500 training grant that has been put in place specifically to help your company with this. Drawing down on these funds and working with a specialist provider frees you up to focus on more important areas: running your core business and providing a great placement experience.

Why should I pick one of your Employability Support Packages?

Quality

Yes, our programmes meet Kickstart requirements. Importantly though, we have a much longer history of excellence in providing these services to young people in colleges and universities. Our employability programmes include top online learning AND 1:1 feedback sessions with professional mentors. Because online only isn’t good enough to build up confidence, and a human element makes all the difference. The mentors we work with all have a professional career advisor background. It’s a best practice programme, and great value for money.

Digital skills

Our employability training is an investment into productivity. We offer your young person the opportunity to enhance and upskill their digital skills, and then bring their new skills into your company. This includes free training from top partners including Salesforce and Microsoft.

Accreditation

Our Elevate employability support package also includes a review of the work portfolio, and a formal Certificate of Completion at the end of the programme from the Henley Careers Centre, at Henley Business School. This unique partnership further adds to the high quality of your placement. If you want to attract the best young talent, show them that you care by investing in their personal development.

Supporting Classof2020

Using our Employability Support Packages directly supports the Classof2020.org.uk initiative. Classof2020 is a volunteer-run organisation whose mission is to help as many young people as possible back into employment. 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.

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and we’ll help make your placements a success.

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