A kickstart job allows young people to develop skills in a specific role in order to gain work experience and thus be able to apply for similar positions in the future. However, to be eligible for this type of job, they must be between 16 and 24 years old and be a
the beneficiary of the universal credit, which is a monthly payment given to those who need extra help with living costs.
When starting a kickstart job, Employability Training must be completed within the first 12 weeks. In this training, employees learn concepts such as the mindset within a job, motivation, how to solve problems at work, how to work as a team, how to write a CV and more. Completing this training is essential not only because it is mandatory but also because employees learn many skills within the job, which will be very helpful when they apply for future roles.
Pros and Cons
Here are some pros and cons of doing a kickstart job.
The company trains employees. – Young people learn how to work within a company and a team.
Young people gain skills within the role that can be helpful for their future.
The kickstart job doesn’t ensure a permanent position since it only lasts 6 months. Employees don’t earn a high income since It’s not a full-time job, working only 25 hours a week with the National Minimum Wage for the employee’s age group.
My experience with Trainify
In January 2022, I started the Junior SEO role at Trainify following the kickstart scheme. When I started with Trainify, SEO training was given, and the team was very supportive and they were willing to help whether I had questions or needed extra help to complete a task assigned. I finished the employability training within 12 weeks and learned how to work in a team and also how to solve problems at work.
The best part? After a few months of working with Trainify, I was offered to stay with the company once the kickstart was over. I accepted without hesitation since my experience working with the team was very good, and I wanted to continue working with them. In short, doing the kickstart with Trainify has been one of the best experiences since it helped me get out of my comfort zone and discover a new path for my career.
The kickstart scheme can be good for young people looking to gain skills and work experience in a particular role. However, be aware of the cons of starting a kickstart job because it might not fill your needs or suit your lifestyle. On the other hand, if you are a young student who has support from parents, trying this type of role can help boost your skills and have more job opportunities in the future.