Tips for Jobseekers

Tips for Jobseekers

Advice for UK jobseekers about being eligible for the Government’s Kickstart Scheme

What you need to know to be eligible for the jobs associated with the Government’s new employment initiative.

AAI’s Nick Murray discusses the Kickstart Scheme and gives advice for young jobseekers

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the UK job market with many people being made redundant and even more with uncertain career prospects. 

As the furlough scheme comes to an end, the UK government has rolled out a new initiative to help save businesses and support young people into meaningful work experience.

You may have already heard about the Kickstart Scheme but at AAI we wanted to really break down what is happening and how you can get involved NOW as a young jobseeker.

In a nutshell

The Kickstart Scheme includes 6-month paid job placements with a local or remote employer, supported by the Government. It provides a fully-funded opportunity for you to get experience of working in one of the UK’s most exciting companies.

AAI is currently managing interest and creating job placements for 100s employers of all sizes and sectors across the UK and foresees hundreds of thousands of new job opportunities attached to this scheme over the next year.

What you need to know as a jobseeker

The Kickstart Scheme is open to people aged 16-24 years old, who are claiming Universal Credit, and are at risk of long term unemployment. If you already have a Job Centre Work Coach they will talk to you about the Kickstart Scheme and whether it’s right for you. 

About Universal Credit

As you may know, you can get financial support by claiming through the government. 

Previously, you could claim Job Seekers Allowance (JSA), though this has since been replaced by Universal Credit. 

You can still claim both contributions-based and income-based JSA but changes in the eligibility criteria mean many young people including students and graduates are more likely to be entitled to Universal Credit.

You should never feel bad about claiming as a jobseeker. This support is there for you while you are looking for a job. If you’re currently employed and working less than 16 hours per week or are considered as earning a low income, then you should be eligible.

We’d strongly advise you to claim Universal Credit if you’re currently out of work. Employees of all sizes are going to be making use of the Kickstart Scheme for the foreseeable future and there will be hundreds of jobs that are perfect for you attached to this. You just need to act now to be eligible. 

Becoming eligible 

Step 1: Contact your local Jobcentre Plus. Simply search by postcode here and they will help you enrol and will assign you a Job Coach.

Step 2: Apply for universal credit here.

At AAI we know that every great story starts with an opportunity. If you’re eligible for kickstart job, this could be yours.

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