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Kickstart Scheme

kickstart scheme


Kickstart is a new £2bn Government-funded scheme designed to create thousands of new 6-month job placements for young people.

The funding is aimed at creating new opportunities for 16 to 24 year olds putting them at the heart of the economic recovery.

Kickstart supports those who have not been in education for some time, those on universal credit, those looking to enter FE for the first time and apprentices who’ve found themselves out of work.

Explore our range of Kickstart Scheme targeted...

Qualifications | Learning Resources | E-Learning | E-Portfolio System

Can your business meet the requirements and benefit from Kickstart? 

The Kickstart Scheme must be for a minimum of 30 job placements with one or multiple employers and provides funding for:

  • 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months
  • associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

An integral part of Kickstart is providing employability and skills to learners to help them...

  • effectively search for long-term employment 
  • write job specific CVs and prepare for interviews
  • develop their teamwork, organisation and communication skills 

We can support your Kickstart integration with several whole qualifications and units relevant to the Kickstart journey.

Preparation for work qualifications

Ensure your Kickstart learners are ready for work with our personal development for employability qualifications. Awards, certificates and diplomas from entry level 3 to level 1 and 2 available. 

Our personal development for employability units include...

  • Searching for a job
  • Completing a job application form
  • Preparing for work
  • Effective teamwork
  • Working as a volunteer
  • Preparing for an interview
  • Health and safety in the workplace
  • Building working relationships with customers

Many of these units are resourced in our Highfield Kits, which provide easy to use textbooks and clear workbooks that can evidence the assessment criteria required to achieve our qualifications.

Improve practical learning with our vocational qualifications

To support your adoption of Kickstart further, we offer a range of qualifications providing introductory skills in vocational areas.

We can also support you to build packages of relevant units to provide you with a solution for particular sectors.

Digital skills and qualifications

Some of our most recent qualifications have been developed to meet the needs of digital skills in the workplace. These range from entry 3 to level 2 and are available as awards, certificates or diplomas. 

Contact our experienced teams to learn more about how we can support you and your learner embarking on the Kickstart scheme.

E-Learning and E-Assessment

Many of our qualifications and units are supported by our Trainee kits which contain learning materials and workbooks mapped to the outcomes of the unit and qualifications in question.

These are available both hard copy and electronically and can be managed through the Highfield Vault e-portfolio system.

Vault is a simple to use ePortfolio system allowing you to offer Highfield resources or your own bespoke resources on a digital platform quickly and efficiently.

Highfield also supports trainees with e-learning and e-assessment for a range of qualifications and short non-accredited programmes of learning including

Team Working
Communication Skills
Equality and Diversity
Self Assessment
Conflict Management