Kickstart Scheme - Buckinghamshire Adult Learning

Kickstart Scheme

Kickstart Scheme - Employers

What is Kickstart?

The Kickstart Scheme makes up part of the Government’s ‘Plan for Jobs’ skills and employment programmes, which also include Apprenticeships, T Levels and Traineeships. This programme is designed to help young people become more employable.

The Kickstart Scheme offers six-month jobs for young people aged 16 to 24 years old who are currently claiming Universal Credit and are at risk of long-term unemployment. Not only will you have a young person working for you, funded by the Government, you will also be supporting them to develop transferable skills that are aimed at increasing their chances of sustained employment.

How can Buckinghamshire Adult Learning help you?

It is a requirement of the scheme for employers to provide Employability Skills training to their Kickstart placements. 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 people to successfully forge their own career path in the long run.

Buckinghamshire Adult learning can provide the employability skills training for your Kickstart employees, which will complement the support that you are providing in the workplace.

Employability Skills Training Programme

Our training package is fully funded for most, subject to residency and eligibility checks.

Our Employability Skills Training Programme which is delivered for Kickstart placements are part-time, usually only 2-4 hours a week, and help your employees gain new qualifications that will boost their employability and confidence for the future.

Our courses are designed to meet DWP requirements, are fully trackable and auditable for DWP reporting and can be customised to meet employers’ and individuals’ needs:

  • Training delivered by our trained tutors
  • Training takes place online or where required in our Centres across Buckinghamshire
  • An individualised pathway will be identified following initial assessment, this will contain a combination of:
    • Twelve-week distance learning e-portal using a combination of interactive workbooks, tutorials and face to face sessions
    • Courses building on basic skills: English, maths and/or digital skills
    • Sessions on CV health, job searching and interview skills
    • Advice on next steps to provide future support after the programme
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For more information or to enrol someone on a Kickstart programme, please contact:

Debbie Garwood, 07770 802497

James Keen, 07827 986448

We hope that the Kickstart scheme is very successful for you. If you would like our advice on offering an apprenticeship or traineeship to progress someone or even others in your organisation please contact us at

We can also develop education courses and workshops that are bespoke to your organisation and employees. Please contact us to discuss what we can provide for you:

Online Employability Workshops

Current Employability Skills Workshops available:

9.30 to 12.30 on the dates below

  • Job searching online – Monday 8 November
  • CV Writing- Monday 15 November
  • Completing Application Forms – Monday 22 November
  • Preparing for Interviews – Monday 29 November
  • Video Interviews – Monday 6 December

We can help with accessing the online workshop if help is needed.
Workshops will be held online via Google Meet and one-to-one telephone support from the tutor at a time to be agreed.
Attendance of all the workshops is not needed, just the one/s which will be most beneficial.

*Funding is targeted to support people who otherwise might not be able to afford to attend adult learning courses, including those on low incomes, jobseekers and others referred by community partner organisations.

For more information or to enrol, please call/text:

Debbie Garwood 07770 802497 –

James Keen 07827 986448 –

Distance Online Learning

Our distance learning courses are a new way for you to learn online. Choose from employability options or a wide range of subjects and improve your employability skills or develop your personal skills and professional knowledge. Find out more.