Bury College is proud to be a registered Kickstart gateway provider. The Kickstart Scheme provides employers with the opportunity to boost their teams with energetic and inspired young people through fully funded 6-month work placements for 16 to 24-year-olds.

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What is Kickstart?

Kickstart is a new £2 billion Government scheme that is creating hundreds of thousands of Government-subsidised job placements to help young people into work and support the UK's economic revival.

As an employer, Kickstart will give you access to a large pool of young people with potential, who are ready for an opportunity, at zero cost to your business. Bury College will work with you to deliver high-quality placements and an outstanding experience that both you and they can be proud of.

What are the benefits to you as an employer?

  • Recruit fresh new talent and ideas into your business at zero cost.
  • Benefit from fully-subsidised job placements for 25 hours per-week, including associated employer National Insurance contributions and minimum automatic enrolment contributions.
  • Funding to cover the training and development needs of each young person placed.
  • Potential to secure the future workforce of your business.
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Am I eligible to apply?

  • Employers from all industries and across the private, public and voluntary sectors are eligible to apply.
  • Kickstart applications are open to any organisation, regardless of size, however Sole Traders are currently unable to take part in the scheme.
  • We can partner with you and apply on your behalf.
  • If you are a young person looking for a Kickstart role you can find out more here
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What types of roles are eligible for Kickstart funding?

  • They must be new jobs and not replace existing or planned vacancies or cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment.
  • The roles must be for a minimum of 25 hours per week, for six-months and paid at least the National Minimum Wage for their age group. They should not require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement.
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What training support will Bury College offer whilst on the kickstart placement?

  • Establish long term career goals
  • Learner passport and access to digital blended learning
  • Understanding of customer service
  • Employability skills development.
  • GDPR training
  • Information, Advice and Guidance
  • Interview preparation and CV building

For more information and to discover how Bury College can support you with this unique opportunity, please email

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