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Reading School creates job opportunities for young people through Kickstart Scheme July 2021

Reading School is delighted to announce that its application to the Government’s Kickstart Scheme has been successfully approved; creating a number of new job opportunities in the area for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and are at risk of long-term unemployment.

The aim of Kickstart, which is part of the Government’s ‘Plan for Jobs’ scheme, is to get 16-24-year olds who are struggling to find work, into employment during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Each job placement will last for six months and help young people to build their confidence and experience in the workplace; all while earning a regular wage for up to 25 hours per week.

How to apply

To apply for one Reading School’s Kickstart roles, applicants must be registered with Jobcentre Plus and be claiming Universal Credit. Those already registered and claiming Universal Credit can discuss the eligibility criteria with their work coach to see if they are a suitable applicant. 

We have 24 opportunities (some of these roles are multiple roles).  To see the roles available please click here:

  1. Kickstart Finance Assistant
  2. Kickstart Student Support Assistant
  3. Kickstart Sports Coach
  4. Kickstart Outdoor Education Assistant
  5. Kickstart Mandarin Translator
  6. Kickstart Human Resources Assistant
  7. Kickstart Health & Fitness Assistant
  8. Kickstart Estates Assistant
  9. Kickstart Database and Community Relations Assistant
  10. Kickstart Curriculum Assistant
  11. Kickstart Computer Science Assistant
  12. Kickstart Art Assistant
  13. Kickstart Behaviour Assistant
  14. Kickstart Academic Mentor

Hands-on paid experience

Deputy Headmaster, Dr Rev. C Evans, says:

“There’s no doubt that the pandemic has hit young people hard and for many, employment opportunities have been few and far between. For these young adults who have been struggling to find work, the Kickstart Scheme will provide a life-changing opportunity to step onto the career ladder and we are delighted to be able to help.

Not only will they gain hands-on, paid experience in a real working environment; they will also receive training alongside their job to help them excel and land permanent jobs in the future. This will cover key employability areas, such as writing a CV and learning basic IT skills.”

Check your eligibility

Headmaster, Mr A M Robson said:

“This scheme aligns with many of our core values building excellence and working with our community. It is very crucial to us to take a proactive approach in supporting and preparing our future workforce.

Therefore, we are encouraging anyone within this age bracket, who is currently claiming Universal Credit, to speak to their Jobcentre Coach about their eligibility criteria for our roles.”

Funded by UK Government

The scheme is funded by the UK Government, covering 100% of National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage, depending on the age of the participant), associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

More than 19,000 jobs have been created for young people across the UK, covering a wide range of industries. The scheme is due to end in December 2021.

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