The Local Government Association (LGA) have released guidance on what a good Kickstart programme looks like. You can explore the full resources here.
This paper aims to support local and national discussions on the design, commissioning and delivery of Kickstart. The paper splits out what a good Kickstart programme looks like for all stakeholders.
Kickstart: what good looks like for young people…
- Need a clear post 16 local offer.
- Need choice in the Kickstart job.
- Outreach and engagement activities.
- A quality customer journey.
- Wraparound support is essential.
- Understanding support needs early on.
- Support before, during and after the placement.
- A record of achievement and a bankable transferable skill.
Kickstart: what good looks like for employers…
- Need clear, concise, jargon-free, guidance.
- Alignment with other programmes and incentives.
- Support must be local.
- The right incentives?
Kickstart: what good looks like for the local economy…
- A strong local economy through local commissioning and delivery.
- Local links and social value.
- Employer confidence through trusted local networks.
- Local intermediaries
- Create in-demand jobs delivering social and economic value
- Plan for disruption
Kickstart: what good looks like for Government…
Kickstart will work best for young people, businesses and communities if it is planned and delivered in partnership. It needs to be local to maximise links with local services that young people and businesses rely on. A dedicated team, which would require funding to full these tasks would:
Stage 1: Identify, engage and recruit
Stage 2: Assessment and support for
Stage 3: Brokerage (Placement / Support)
Stage 4: Support before, during and after the placement.
Stage 5: Tracking and Evaluation